Sporting club of the year - joint winners
Brunswick Hockey Club
Brunswick Hockey Club has made a significant impact to the development of hockey in the community. They have worked with Hockey Victoria to run introductory hockey programs in primary schools, and their annual introduction to hockey program, Hook into Hockey, involved 60 young people who were new to the sport, with the majority continuing on to junior hockey.
In 2015, the club participated in the annual Sydney Road Festival with a mini practice turf, sparking several new members and community interest throughout the day.
The club also received Active Moreland Endorsement from Council last year, signifying to the community that they are a welcoming and inclusive club.
Pascoe Vale United Cricket Club
In 2015, both Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia have identified Pascoe Vale United Cricket Club as a leader in cricket, having taken cricket to the broader community by organising five in-school cricket clinics.
Many of the children in the junior program who played in the Under 10 team were younger than most of their competitors. The players, in supporting the growth of the club, have regularly participated in seminars provided by Council, including the All Play and Social Media sessions.
The club regularly obtains Good Sports recognition and continually looks at participating in upcoming events to better the players, parents and community.
The club is Active Moreland Endorsed and promotes an open, diverse, accessible and inclusive culture and welcomes a wide range of backgrounds within the community.
Collaborative community award
Having been a part of many community groups involving Aborigines and Pacific Islanders, since August 2014, Mariella has been dedicated to the not-for-profit Itiki Sporting Club of Glenroy.
The club provides a safe haven for children and families to interact with each other, empowers young adults through leadership roles and caters to the younger generation through sport to learn valuable skills like teamwork and motivation. the club also provides cultural elements through song and dance.
Mariella ensures all kids have a chance to participate in sport, no matter their background, level of ability or income. Children benefit from learning team work, and build skills as they are engaged in training and education.
Mariella works with some of the community's most vulnerable and isolated people, including those experiencing mental health challenges, disability, homelessness, substance abuse, culturally and linguistic diverse communities, correctional services and economic hardship.