Mullewa Football Club Transformation: A Scoping Study of Aboriginal Community Engagement and Sport

Research Report

Project:

Sport and Aboriginal Culture

Authors:

Dr Amma Buckley, Craig Turley

Published:

2015

The report presents findings from a case study to identify, collate and analyse the qualitative and quantitative evidence of the transformation of the Mullewa Football Club, as an opportunity to detail and define a transferable operational model. Following a review of a range of key factors – contract conditions for players, Goals to Life Program delivery in local high school, barriers to positive change, player on-field behaviour, and crime rates – and interviews with key stakeholders, this study revealed that the Mullewa Football Club transformation is a great success story with many positive aspects. Importantly, the study highlighted that the combined efforts of a range of interested and concerned stakeholders greatly assisted this transformation. Key lessons to emerge were: the requirement to establish from the outset of program investment what the objectives and associated measures are; and, if it becomes evident that there are unanticipated (bonus) aspects, thought to be related to social/community/individual change that are likely to be of interest, it is important to establish measures and means of capturing these ahead of time. The report highlights limitations and additional work required to determine the transferability of the model to other locations.

How to cite:

Buckley, A., and C. Turley. Mullewa Football Club Transformation: A Scoping Study of Aboriginal Community Engagement and Sport. A report for the Department of Sport and Recreation WA. Perth. Curtin Centre for Sport and Recreation Research, November 2015.