Training & Education

Sports Focus is committed to providing ongoing support to community sporting clubs in the Loddon Campaspe. We want to increase the capacity and capabilities of grassroots sporting clubs and to encourage healthy, inclusive and connected communities.

We offer the following workshops to support clubs, leagues, and associations through workforce development opportunities. We also aim to be responsive to emerging needs of club volunteers so talk to us about what might assist your club.

The Accidental Counsellor workshop will provide volunteers of local sporting clubs with the techniques and strategies to successfully support those who are distressed, upset or generally requiring emotional support, without being a trained counsellor. The online workshop is practical, interactive and will benefit anyone required to provide regular informal support. By the end of the workshop, you will understand:

  • The key attributes of an Accidental Counsellor
  • Empathy, understanding and compassionate listening skills
  • Body language
  • Empowering the distressed person
  • Moving someone from a high emotional state to a calmer state
  • Negative impact of giving advice outside the scope of your expertise
  • Referring someone on to specialist services



For clubs situated in Mount Alexander Shire only – courtesy of a Council Community Grant.

Thursday 19 May 2022 – 6pm – 8.30pm

All sessions held online via Zoom



For all clubs within the Loddon Campaspe region

Tuesday 7 June 2022 – 6pm – 8.30pm

All sessions held online via Zoom