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July News from Sportspeople 

Saturday, 1 July 2017


Welcome to the latest e-news from Sportspeople. In this issue we outline:

Recent Sportspeople Appointments

We are pleased to announce the following recent appointments:

  • General Manager - Netball ACT - Benita Bittner - click here for press release
  • Executive Director - Triathlon NSW - Adam Wicks - click here for press release
  • Event Specialist - Club Events - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - Zoe Oake
  • Membership & Ticketing Manager - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - Danielle Endycott

Don't forget you can announce your appointments as well and see recent Sportspeople and other industry appointments at the "Who got that job?" page at the Sportspeople website.

Sportspeople Current Vacancies

The following roles are currently available through Sportspeople:


Chief Executive Officer - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Club

- Iconic Sport Business
- Leadership Focus
- Ensure the Bulldogs will be seen as the benchmark for success in the rugby league world
  both on and off the field in the years ahead
- Belmore (NSW) location; Salary structured to attract high quality candidates

Apply by 14 July


Chief Executive - High Performance Sport New Zealand

- One of the most significant high performance leadership roles available in sport globally!
- Leadership and strategic focus
- Deliver world class support to NSOs, athletes and coaches
- Auckland (NZ) location; Salary structured to attract high quality candidates

Apply by 21 July

The following positions have now closed and are progressing through the recruitment cycle:

  • High Performance Coaching Consultant - High Performance Sport New Zealand
  • Chief Executive Officer - Netball Northern Zone
  • General Manager - Participation and Sport Development - Swimming Australia
  • Accounts Receivable Officer - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - filled! announcement pending
  • Communications and Marketing Manager - Vicsport - filled! announcement pending
  • Chief Executive Officer - Canterbury Cricket - filled! announcement pending

You can view all of these roles at the Sportspeople Jobs Market. In addition to roles being recruited by Sportspeople, you'll also find other vacancies in the sport, fitness, aquatics, coaching, venues, events, leisure and lifestyle sector at the Sportspeople Jobs Market.

Sport, Fitness and Aquatic employment and salary trends under the microscope

People working in sport, fitness and aquatics jobs in Australia and New Zealand are being called upon to participate in a national survey mapping employment and salary trends for the sector, which opens this month.

The 2017 Sportspeople Workplace Survey is managed by recruitment agency and job board operator Sportspeople, in conjunction with La Trobe University's Centre for Sport and Social Impact. The 2017 Sportspeople Workplace Survey is supported by a number of key industry partners includingSportspeople Workplace Survey cropped:

- Australian Leisure Facilities Association
- Australasian Leisure Management
- QSport
- Sport NSW
- SportSA
- VicSport
- WA Sports Federation

The support of our Survey Partners is acknowledged and greatly appreciated. Each of these organisations has made a commitment to promote the 2017 Sportspeople Workplace Survey to their constituents and membership, an integral part of the success of the data collection process. We plan to continue to conduct the Sportspeople Workplace Survey regularly as the benchmark measure of employment and salary trends for the sport, fitness and aquatic sectors. More information is COMING SOON, so as they say... watch this space.

Recruiting to a timeline

Recruitment delays can be disappointing and costly.

We recently heard from a candidate involved in an interview process lamenting the lack of response following a recent interview. They had applied for a job, been selected and attended a shortlist interview, provided their referee details and then... silence. After three weeks of following up with the employer the candidate decided to accept another job offer that was on the table.

Around the same time we had a discussion with an employer about a role they were filling as we noticed they'd gone back to market despite receiving a great response from their advertisement at the Sportspeople Jobs Market. It appears they went through an interview process and after conducting shortlist interviews they had 4 candidates to whom they could offer the role. They then struck a problem as they waited for their Board to ratify their recommendations. The delay was a full month after the shortlist interviews and they'd overlooked keeping the candidates updated. All 4 candidates progressively withdrew as they were offered and accepted other roles in the interim.

What are the lessons from these experiences?

If you are an employer you should set your recruitment timelines before you go to market. This includes:

  • Deciding who will be on the Selection Panel.
  • Deciding whether the Selection Panel is empowered to make the appointment OR whether the decision needs to be ratified by a Board or others.
  • Set your critical dates to include the date the role goes live to market (the open date), the close date, the date the Selection Panel will discuss the candidate group, the shortlist date and finally the date and process for sign off of the appointment.
  • Once you have all these critical dates in place, check the availability of all members of the Selection Panel AND those involved in the ratification of the decision.

As a minimum your advertisement should include these key dates. By signalling these early in the recruitment process, candidates have a clear understanding of the timelines, they can check their availability and advise you of any potential problems if they do make the shortlist.

If you look at all the positions managed by Sportspeople Recruitment you'll see very clear timelines. The Sportspeople Application Form also checks the availability of candidates against these timelines, in particular the critical dates such as shortlist and start date. Sometimes our recruitment timelines are short and equally, there are others that are reasonably long to work around the availability of the Selection Panel and other key decision makers. Regardless, candidates are kept informed of the process and know in advance the general timelines.

Candidates will respond in a positive way if they understand the expected timelines and are informed if there are unavoidable delays. In a highly competitive market where candidates have good choice of jobs, they simply will not wait for you while you dither. Keeping in touch with them to inform them of progress or delays is essential. Remember "there is no news" is news to the candidate.

Our advice? Don’t dither and remember what your grandmother taught you about good manners.

Robert McMurtrie
Director, Sportspeople

Upcoming Industry Conferences Supported by Sportspeople

Ministry of Sports Marketing Conference - 18 July, Sydney


Sportspeople is a proud partner of the Ministry of Sports Marketing Conference with Sportspeople Director, Robert McMurtrie, part of the expert panel of speakers.

The Ministry of Sports Marketing Conference focusses on what’s working, what’s not and ‘what’s next’ in the international sports marketing space. Equip yourself with the latest information, network with the best of the best, and learn key execution strategies to leverage fan engagement and grow revenue.

Learn the latest market smashing strategies so you can apply them in your business! Meet, connect and partner with CEOs, CMOs, VPs, VIPs and experts that you won’t meet anywhere else. For more information and to register click here.


The National Sports Convention - 19-21 July, Melbourne

Sportspeople is a proud partner of The National Sports Convention.

Just announced: National Sports Plan Forum to be held as part of the National Sports Convention

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has partnered with Vicsport and the National Sports Convention to host the Victorian Forum on the proposed National Sports Plan, on Wednesday 19th July at the Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne. On 22nd May 2017, the Federal Minister for Health, Minister for Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt launched the National Sports Plan for participation and elite sport in Australia. The National Sports Plan will be a long-term strategy for the whole of sport examining four key pillars or participation, performance, preventative health through physical activity and integrity. The National Sports Convention has invited key sport, government, recreation, health and education bodies, planners, providers and influencers to join them to the Community Sport Think Tank and National Sports Plan Forum on Wednesday to focus on how best to encourage another 2 million people to be more active. The Community Think Tank and National Sports Plan Forum is FREE, and open to all to attend. Registration also gives you access to the National Sports Convention Exhibition open on 20 - 21 July.

For more information and to register click here.

Fast Facts from June 2017

Here are some fast facts from Sportspeople's Jobs Market activity in June 2017:

Top Sportspeople Jobs Market Advertisers

  • City of Whitehorse
  • Cricket NSW
  • Fit n Fast
  • Leonards Advertising
  • Lifesaving Victoria
  • YMCA

Most viewed Sportspeople Jobs Market advertisements

  • Event Coordinator - Max Events
  • Consumer Operations Officer - Richmond Football Club
  • Community Engagement Coordinator - Rugby League World Cup 2017
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioner - NSW Institute of Sport
  • Sports Scientist - Fusion Sport
  • Membership Representative - NRL
  • Administrative Assistant - Mountain Bike Australia
  • Casual Swim and Squad Coach - St Leonard's College
  • Fan Development Coordinator - Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club
  • Chief Executive Officer - Softball ACT

Volunteer, Internship and Community Sport Club positions listed - 71

New courses, programs and activities listed at Sportspeople Learning - 50

Latest Learning Advertisements

Remember: Listing at Sportspeople Learning is now FREE! There are currently over 500 courses, programs and professional development activities listed at Sportspeople Learning. A selection of the latest advertisers include:


Understanding Running Seminar, WA

To view all listed courses, programs and activities please visit Sportspeople Learning.

More ways to connect with Sportspeople

Do you want to connect with others in the sport, fitness, aquatics, leisure, coaching, venues and events community? Join us the following ways:

Here you can join in on discussions and polls on a range of topics, and be updated on the latest industry trends as well as jobs and services updates from Sportspeople.

Read our tweets on the latest industry trends as well as jobs and services updates from Sportspeople.

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Keep up to date with the latest jobs available, insider tips and updates from Sportspeople.

 LinkedIn - Sportspeople Company Page

Here you can join in on discussions and polls on a range of topics, and be updated on the latest industry trends as well as jobs and services updates from Sportspeople, all in your LinkedIn newsfeed!

Sportspeople also manages a number of "Groups" on LinkedIn, open exclusively to industry professionals who meet the joining criteria:

 LinkedIn - Sport, Fitness and Aquatics Community

 LinkedIn - Sport Industry CEOs

 LinkedIn - Sport Industry HR Managers

 LinkedIn - High Performance Sport Professionals

 LinkedIn - Marketing, Communications, Digital Media & Sponsorship Professionals

 Sportspeople - Register as a Job Seeker
A Sportspeople Job Seeker Registration is free and completing the on-line form takes around 2 minutes. Once registered you’ll be on your way to joining Australia's and New Zealand's largest on-line community for the sport, fitness, aquatic, coaching, venues, events, leisure and wellness sector. 

More Information?

If you would like to find out more about Sportspeople or any of our services, please contact us on FREECALL Australia 1800 634 388 or FREECALL New Zealand 0800 634 388 or email

Best Regards,

Customer Service Team
Sportspeople Pty Ltd

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