We love our sports!

There's a big reason why Victoria is home to our nation's sporting capital. We love our sport!

Come rain, hail or shine there’s 4.2 million of us once a week doing some sort of sport or recreation activity including taking a walk, playing soccer, or visiting a play space.

Victoria boasts 16,000 clubs, more than 10,000 sports venues and playgrounds and 44 state facilities that are in demand and filled by thousands of participants, volunteers, and spectators all year round, many of which are outdoors.

Sport and recreation not only delivers great tourism, social, health and community benefits - it’s an engine room of our economy - adding $9.2 billion to our economy and employing over 70,000 people, so there’s a lot at stake.

That’s why the Victorian Government is proud to partner with Sports Environment Alliance – Australia’s peak body for supporting the environment through sport - to develop this great resource Future Proofing Community Sport and Recreation Facilities.

In the face of global warming, our land of drought and flooding rains is presenting a range of new challenges when it comes to maintaining the health of our sport and recreation facilities and environments.

This resource brings together all the current research, challenges, and opportunities to develop world’s best practice to help your club, facility or organisation stay on top of its game when it comes to future proofing your participation in the face of climate change.

From water saving ideas to climate change action plans, the guide suggests practical tips and actions to better prepare facilities for extreme weather conditions, including floods, droughts and heatwaves.

The resource also provides a useful and hands-on reference for organisations to lead practical and behavioural change.

I'd like to commend the Sports Environment Alliance for working in partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria, and the broader sports sector to bring together critical information to help tackle climate change impacts from the grassroots up with education and empowerment.

I encourage everyone in the sports sector to embrace the innovative ideas presented in this great resource and join us in leading the way in Future Proofing Community Sport and Recreation Facilities.

The Hon Ros Spence MP, Minister for Community Sport.