Sport & recreation clubs

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Council services are changing.

Information about Council's response to Coronavirus and the effect on services can be found here.

Closures of recreation centres due to COVID-19

Bayfit Leisure Centre (Mason St, Newport)

  • Closed until further notice.

Laverton Swim and Fitness Centre (Jennings St, Laverton)

  • Closed until further notice.

South Pacific Health Club (Cnr North Rd and The Strand, Newport)

  • Closed until further notice.


Sport and Recreation Facilities - User Guide 

Council has developed the Sport & Recreation Facilities - User Guide to provide sport and recreation clubs with essential information regarding their use of Council facilities. It is recommended that clubs read the user guide in conjunction with their licence or lease agreement to ensure that they fully understand the role and responsibilities of both the club and Council in the management and use of sport and recreation facilities in Hobsons Bay.

Sport & Recreation Facilities User Guide(PDF, 1MB)

Online Allocation System (IMS)

Council uses the online application system IMS to manage seasonal sporting club's use of Council facilities.

Clubs are provided with login details when the online allocation system opens and are required to submit information including ground requirements, membership details, insurance and food/liquor licences.

Click here to access the online system

Club Development Program

The Hobsons Bay Club Development Program provides clubs with the ability to meet with Council's Sport and Recreation team, attend workshops and obtain information regarding available grants.

Club workshops

Mind Your Game

Council ran the introductory session of the Mind Your Game program to clubs on Wednesday 31 July at Newport Hub.

If your club is interested in finding out more information about Mind Your Game please contact the Sport & Recreation team.

Mind Your Game flyer(PDF, 116KB)

Inclusive Clubs

Leisure Networks will be joining us again to run a six part training program on inclusiveness for local sporting clubs following the success of the 2019 program.

The Inclusive Clubs Program aims to help transform local sporting clubs into more welcoming and inclusive organisations, accessible to everyone in the community. 

The first introductory session will be held on Wednesday 4 March at the Altona Civic Centre, commencing at 6.00pm.  Please refer to flyer below for further information.

The clubs involved in the 2019 program were: Agility Dog Club of Victoria, Altona City Soccer Club, Altona East Soccer Club, Altona Lacrosse Club, Gellibrand Cricket Club, Hobsons Bay Running Club, Laverton Bowling Club, Williamstown Cricket Club and Williamstown CYMS Cricket Club.

Inclusive-clubs-programs-2020.pdf(PDF, 181KB)

Club newsletters

Stay up to date with all you need to know including Council staff contact updates, processes and procedures, grant information, new initiatives and programs, current projects and good news stories from sports clubs in Hobsons Bay.

On the Ball newsletters can be accessed via Council's eNews portal here.

One-on-one meetings

A key part of the Club Development Program is the opportunity for clubs to arrange a one on one meeting with a Council officer from the Sport and Recreation team. This is a great way to build a working relationship to plan for the future of the club and solve problems where relevant.

'Build Relationships - Plan for the Future'

Each club is encouraged to contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Development Officer to arrange a meeting at a suitable time.

Process for One on One meeting:

  1. Send an expression of interest to set up a meeting by emailing Council’s Sport and Recreation Development Officer, Lauren Dick at
  2. Arrange a suitable time and location to meet
  3. Complete the ‘Pre Meeting Questionnaire’ and return this via email, prior to the meeting
  4. One on one meeting takes place
  5. Meeting summary notes to be provided by Sport and Recreation Development Officer within two weeks of meeting taking place


  • meetings can be scheduled between 8am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, onsite or at the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre in Altona
  • a maximum of two club representatives are permitted at the meeting (at least one must be on the club committee).
  • for more information about the Club Development Program or one on one meetings, contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Development Officer, Lauren Dick on 9932 1297

Sport and recreation grants

There are a range of funding sources available to sporting and recreational groups. These include local government, state and federal government, sporting organisations and corporations.

Sport and Recreation Victoria

Sport Aus


Australian Sports Foundation

Hobsons Bay Community Grants