Recycle and Donate
Fair Game recycles sports equipment and clothing received from individuals, schools and organisations and donates them to underserviced communities. Items are donated based on predetermined areas of need or at the specific request of the community itself.
The bright blue Fair Game collection bins are situated at various metropolitan and regional locations which allow people to easily donate equipment. In 2014 alone, Fair Game had nearly 15,000 items pass through their possession!
In some regions, Fair Game has developed a shoe library utilising pre-loved sports shoes to ensure that communities have regular access to suitable footwear for physical activity, free of charge.
Volunteer Fair Gamers meet every 12 weeks for a ‘busy bee’ cleaning and packaging sports equipment for delivery to community partners. The Recycle & Donate team maintain a ‘500 Club’ and ‘100 Club’ which recognises organisations who have donated significant numbers of items.
Fair Game accepts sporting equipment and sports shoes of all kinds, but favourites include basketballs, AFL footballs and football boots! Look out for the bright blue collection bins near you.
By recycling sports equipment Fair Game has a positive environmental and social impact.
Game On! gets communities active through participation in unique sport-based team games, fitness challenges, dance, Indigenous Yoga and wellness programs. Fair Game also builds the capacity and cohesion of communities through training local staff and facilitating team building exercises.
Fair Game volunteers run various fun, sports based activities in the communities to promote fitness, team work and coordination. From basketball and AFL drills to dance and pilates sessions, Fair Gamers are trained to provide a variety of programs based on the unique requirements of each community.
Key Initiatives include:
- Team games.
- Sports-based skills development sessions.
- Fitness challenges and strength and conditioning sessions.
- ‘Fit For Youth’ dance sessions.
- Yoga and pilates based “Wellness Walkabout”.
- Indigenous specific participation programs.
The Game On! program has been developed and delivered in partnership with a number of organisations including the Department of Sport and Recreation, Garnduwa, Teach Learn Grow, ICEA and the AFL. The program has been recognised through national awards including the 2014 NAPCAN ‘Play your Part Award’.
The Healthy Communities program delivers a series of interactive health education sessions. Fair Game uses sport as the vehicle for engaging participants in evidenced-based practices in the areas of oral, feet, ear and hand hygiene, meningococcal prevention, nutrition and smoking education. This education assists in the prevention of communicable and chronic disease.
Healthy communities enables young people to make informed lifestyle choices that promotes resilience, social cohesion and positive daily health practices. The Healthy Communities program works towards enhancing wellbeing in all aspects of life.
Each program is coordinated by a health professional volunteer who utilises best practice and national standards for the content of these health messages. Sessions are also implemented in a culturally appropriate manner regardless of location.
Each participant receives a Fair Game back pack containing various health items that are vital for the continuation and sustainability of these health practices such as soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste and band aids.
Fair Game partners with local and national organisations fostering a collaborative approach ensuring the consistency of health messages presented. Partner organisations include Oral Health Education Unit, Amanda Young Foundation, Department of Health WA, Foodbank, Diabetes WA, Wilson MedicOne and Act Belong Commit.
Key initiatives include:
- Senior first aid training to build capacity in community sporting organisations.
- Hygiene education: Healthy hands, feet, ears and smiles.
- Nutrition education through Foodbank’s ‘Food Sensations’ program and our healthy bellies initiative.
- Train the trainer activities ensuring sustainability of our core activities within target communities.
Outcomes of the Healthy Communities program have been researched in a speech pathology honours project by Sarah Power (healthy ears coordinator) and in a journal article written by Dr John van Bockxmeer.
The program has been awarded a ‘Healthier WA Award’ and ‘Act Belong Commit Award’
Fair Game Academy
The Fair Game Academy builds the capacity, skills and knowledge of young Australians to allow them to achieve their volunteering potential as ‘Fair Gamers’. The Academy offers a unique mix of formal and informal training and development opportunities in Fair Game’s sport, fitness, wellness and sports equipment recycling programs. The Academy’s program focuses on several key areas including leadership development, communication, teamwork, information technology skills and cultural awareness.
The skills gained through participation in the Academy and the improved understanding of the not-for-profit sector will ultimately lead to more effective community development, health promotion and project management skills, all of which are complimentary to a wide range of occupational disciplines.
The Academy is committed to supportive, best practice adult learning and has established links with secondary and tertiary education institutions to ensure the initiative is delivered appropriately and to the maximum effectiveness. Online resources are also available for all Fair Gamers regardless of their geographic location.
The Fair Game Academy encompasses training and development for the following people:
- Fair Gamers- passionate young people trained to deliver Fair Game’s unique health, fitness and wellness programs
- Senior Fair Gamers – Fair Gamers with 12-18 months volunteering experience.
- Junior Fair Games – youth aged 12-18 years old within Fair Game’s regions of operation.
- Friends of Fair Game – community members who donate their time at the Fair Game facilities throughout the year.
- Fair Game Ambassadors – notable public figures who believe in Fair Game’s vision, core values and objectives and show their support through advocacy and donation of time.
- Fair Game Vocational Training – university students through service learning activities.
- Fair Game Committee (Committee Development Program) – committee members through training in not-for-profit management.