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December / January News from Sportspeople 

Monday, 4 December 2017


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

Recent Sportspeople Recruitment Appointments

We are pleased to announce the following recent appointments:

  • Membership Manager - Bicycle NSW - Alistair Ferguson
  • Executive Officer (Interim) - Golf Management Australia - Jim Cail
  • Senior Manager - Education and Pathways - Gymnastics Australia - Bradley Low
  • Senior Partnerships Coordinator - Netball Queensland - Mikaela Smith

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

Sportspeople Recruitment Current Vacancies

The following roles are currently available through Sportspeople Recruitment:


Chief Executive Officer - State Olympic Sport

- Leading State Sporting Organisation
- Responsible for leading all operational aspects of this Olympic and inclusive sport in NSW
- Sydney based
- Coming in 2018

Golf Australia

National Female Participation Manager - Golf Australia

- Leading National Sporting Organisation
- Implement strategies to elevate female participation in golf at all levels throughout
  Australia, including high performance
- Drive positive change in culture and perceptions through a targeted and coordinated
  approach in program and service delivery
- $100,000 pa negotiable
- Melbourne based


Chief Executive - Wellington Hockey

- Leading Regional Sport Organisation
- Responsible for implementing the WHA's vision and strategy; shaping its culture through the
  application of strategic leadership and relationship building. 
- You will have excellent communication skills and be able to build strong relationships with all
  stakeholders of Wellington Hockey
- Wellington based
- Applications open Monday 8 January, 2018


General Manager - Leading Community Sport Association
- Leading Community Sport Association
- Hand-on role with plenty of diversity, including the operation of a multi-purpose sports       

- Sydney's south-west
- Applications open Monday 29 January, 2018

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

  • Commercial Partnership Executive - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs RLFC - Announcement pending
  • High Performance Director - South Australia - Golf South Australia
  • High Performance Athlete Development Consultant - High Performance Sport New Zealand
  • General Manager - Adelaide Thunderbirds & Elite Pathways - Netball South Australia
  • Chief Executive - Squash New Zealand

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

Refinements and Price Changes at the Sportspeople Jobs Market

Launched in 1999 the Sportspeople Jobs Market has long been a vital pulse connecting employers and jobs seekers in the sport, fitness, aquatic, coaching, venues, events, leisure and lifestyle sectors.

Over the past eighteen years the growth in the Sportspeople Jobs Market audience has been nothing less than remarkable, outstripping even our expectations in terms of the reach, number of visitors and market awareness. As we approach 2018 the Sportspeople Jobs Market is not only Australia's & New Zealand's premier specialist Job Board for the sport, fitness & aquatic sector, it is now truly established as an international leader. 

Sportspeople is the highest ranking Job Website in Australia for sport, fitness and aquatics and ranked number 3 in the world for Sports Employment.

Our most important measure of success for those using the Sportspeople Jobs Market is the end result for both employers and job seekers. Since 1999 we have helped fill in excess of 70,000 jobs and assisted employers and job seekers in many other ways through our range of services. With over 2,500 active advertisers Sportspeople is a trusted source for delivering qualified, experienced and skilled candidates. 

While we continue to market extensively within the sport, fitness and aquatic sectors particularly, we have also broadened our marketing to include conference and events sponsorships and other direct advertising in print and online media. We recognise the sport, fitness and aquatic sector operates within a larger market place here in Australia, New Zealand and internationally and we continue to allocate funds not only to remain competitive but also to ensure employers using the Sportspeople Jobs Market achieve strong results.

All of our services are underpinned by a dedicated commitment to connect job seekers and employers. With a new mobile first, responsive website close to launch and many exciting new features to be launched progressively over 2018, we will be able to provide an easier match between job seekers and relevant jobs like never before. We will be applying a $10 (plus GST) increase in 2018, only the fifth increase in eighteen years, and will continue to do all things necessary to ensure all our services are provided to accommodate the often tight budgets within the sport, fitness and aquatic sector.

The new price structure for Sportspeople Jobs Market advertisements placed from 1 January, 2018 is as follows: 

Standard Job - $190 + GST 
Hot Job - $290 + GST 
Featured Job - $390 + GST
Volunteer/Internship/Community Sport Club - FREE

From all of us at Sportspeople, thank you again for your continued support.


Stadia announcement widely criticised:

The announcement by the NSW Government that it will spend $2billion on the revamp of Allianz and ANZ Stadiums has been met with a tsunami of criticism. One particularly vocal critic is Peter FitzSimons (Sydney Morning Herald) labelling the decision a disgrace. There’s plenty of logic in his argument that 100 x $10 million projects might benefit a greater number of people in NSW just as others have suggested 2,000 x $1 million projects would go a long way to build capacity at community sport level. With 64% of our population considered overweight or obese (OECD Data 2017) Australia sits behind only the USA, Mexico, New Zealand and Hungary in a tally we’d rather not be world top 5. Sport can play an important role in reducing obesity levels, but it needs greater resources to build and deliver programs.  

There’s a lot of good to be done with two thousand million dollars and you just wonder whether it’s money well spent rebuilding two stadiums in Sydney. Makes you think doesn’t it?

Sport Management a true career path

Following highly successful terms as CEO Hockey Australia and more recently Swimming Australia, Mark Anderson’s appointment as CEO Collingwood is a great example of how a sport management professional can now shift from one sport to the next. 

However, it wasn’t that long ago an absence of a background as a player or official was considered a major roadblock for advancing in some of Australia’s most highly commercialised sports. When Sportspeople Recruitment launched in 1996 as Australia’s first specialist recruitment agency for the sport sector, the notion that sport management was a legitimate career path was relatively new. Over the past 20 years and the past decade in particular, there has been a changing of the guard with sport management professionals moving to positions of great influence in Australian Sport. Some of the obvious ones spring to mind like David Gallop, Raelene Castle, Alex Baumann, Michael Scott, Kitty Chiller, Todd Greenberg, Gillon McLachlan and Kate Palmer

This can only be a good thing for the future of sport management and there’s an abundance of talented, skilled and qualified professionals now with their feet well and truly under the desk, driving, building and leading sport from grass roots to international level. 

Internships are not free or cheap labour

For the past 10 years Sportspeople has provided free advertising for organisations to promote Volunteer and Internship roles. We would like to remind all advertisers of the Sportspeople Terms and Conditions as well as the provisions of the Fair Work Act as it relates to what constitutes work. This link provides helpful information -

Internships should not be used as a way to obtain free labour and if a work arrangement exists then the intern should receive payment for work completed. We monitor the internship listings as closely as possible and have in the past, asked advertisers to modify their listings where we feel there may be an abuse of the internship provisions. We also do not list commission only roles and we attempt to, as far as possible given the volume, ensure every advertisement is accurate, not misleading to job seekers and importantly does not disadvantage a job seeker should they accept a role.

If you are an employer the simple rule of thumb is treat them with respect and pay them when they are performing work for you.

New arrival at Sportspeople Recruitment

Congratulations to Angelique Everett, Sportspeople Recruitment’s General Manager and her husband Ronden upon the birth of Amber Louise Everett 2 December, 2017. We’re reliably told baby, mother and father are all doing well. 

Robert McMurtrie
Director - Sportspeople 

Sportspeople partners with the Business of Sport Summit for 5th consecutive year


Delivered by sports executives, for sports executives, the 7th annual Business of Sport Summit is a powerful opportunity to uncover the latest trends and tactics fuelling the business of sport. Sportspeople is pleased to advise we are a SILVER SPONSOR of BOSS 2018.

Given the close association Sportspeople has with a large number of the speakers and guests over the years, the decision to continue our relationship with BOSS into 2018 was simple. One of the greatest endorsements of Sportspeople’s recruitment success is to see the candidates we place making a recognised, positive and long lasting contribution to their employers and more broadly, the industry at large. So to see a large number of our placed candidates speaking at BOSS over the years provides us a great sense of satisfaction. Additionally, the majority of organisations represented at BOSS utilise either the Sportspeople Recruitment or Sportspeople Jobs Market services.

Join us at Australia’s largest and most influential event for the sports industry. Book your place today! As a Sportspeople Registered Job Seeker, you can save 10% on the earlybird price when using the code SP10

The early bird discount for the Business of Sport Summit expires Friday, 8 December, saving you $400 on the standard pass price.

For more information on the program, speakers and to register click here.

Fast Facts from November 2017

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

Top Sportspeople Jobs Market Advertisers

  • Tennis Australia
  • City of Joondalup
  • Belgravia Leisure
  • Fitness Business Experts
  • Fit n Fast 
  • Big Splash Worldwide HR Solutions 
  • Hawthorn Basketball Association
  • Netball NSW

Most viewed Sportspeople Jobs Market advertisements

  • Chief Executive Officer - Volleyball Australia
  • Diamond Spirit Project Coordinator - Netball Queensland
  • Customer Service - All Sorts Indoor Sports
  • Sydney Junior Rugby Union Competition Manager - NSW Rugby Union / Development
  • Community Competitions Officer - NSW Rugby League
  • Aqua Park Operational Staff - Aqua Park Pty Ltd
  • Video and Performance Analyst - Cronulla Sutherland Sharks Football Club
  • Sales & Operations Internship - Sydney Blue Sox
  • Presenter / Facilitator in Sporting Clubs - SALT Sport and Life Training
  • Education & Engagement Coordinator - Queensland - AUSTSWIM

Volunteer, Internship and Community Sport Club positions listed - 110

New courses, programs and activities listed at Sportspeople Learning - 41

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:


BOSS 2018 Business of Sport Summit


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.

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 LinkedIn - Sportspeople Recruitment 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 Recruitment 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. 

Best Wishes for a relaxing Xmas and a successful 2018

Xmas Christmas Masthead croppedIn a sector that too often undervalues the contribution of professional staff, we hope you can find the time to reflect on your achievements in 2017 and spend some time with the people that really count in your life.

From all of us at Sportspeople, thank you again for your support throughout the year. We hope 2018 is a great success and look forward to having the opportunity of working with you next year. 

Xmas/New Year holiday closure

Sportspeople Jobs Market - all services open throughout the Xmas/New Year Holiday period. Advertisers will be able to post new roles and/or edit existing positions and job seekers will have normal access to the Sportspeople Jobs Market.

Sportspeople Learning - all services open throughout the Xmas/New Year Holiday period as normal.

Sportspeople Recruitment will be closed from 12 noon Friday 22 December, 2017 and will re-open Tuesday 2 January, 2018.

Messages can be left on FREECALL Australia 1800 634 388, FREECALL New Zealand 0800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000 over this period or via e-mail

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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