Affiliation with PAWA

Pickleball Association of Western Australia Inc. (PAWA)

 

Pickleball has been growing rapidly in Western Australia since its first introduction at Belmont Oasis in 2016 as a corporate sport.

The sport has seen the incorporation of a State association in November 2020 which is recognised by the national peak body (Pickleball Australia Association Ltd – PAA) as the State peak body for Pickleball in Western Australia.

The development and establishment of playing venues and clubs in both the Perth metropolitan area and regional centres has seen a consistent growth in the number of participants and high community and media interest in the sport during this period.

In line with the national approach to engaging with clubs, businesses and other entities, there is now an opportunity for your organization to affiliate with PAWA which facilitates a variety of outcomes that support the sport, your activities and PAWA’s promotion and development of Pickleball in Western Australia.

See PAWA's current Affiliation Information Package here.

If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch through the PAWA Contact page.

READ ON FOR THE BENEFITS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE 4 AFFILIATION CATEGORIES!

 

Benefits of Affiliation

PAA position and involvement:

Developing sustainable affiliations with a range of associations and entities in the community is a key component of the expansion and healthy governance of Pickleball across Australia facilitating the PAA mission.

Partnerships are mutually beneficial and provide access to expertise, an income stream, and growth opportunities for the sport.

Affiliations ensure well understood expectations from both parties thus providing long term stability in areas including access to resources (infrastructure, finance and people with access to expertise).

There a four (4) affiliation categories available through PAWA, each of which provide a different range of opportunities, benefits and obligations. They are:

1.       Local Incorporated Association.

a.       This internal affiliation is between PAWA and

                                                               i.      an incorporated Pickleball club OR

                                                             ii.      another sport incorporated association supporting a Pickleball playing sub-community within their membership.

b.       In both instances a central objective of the incorporated association must be growing the financial Pickleball membership of their State Member through membership to their association/ club.

c.       Benefits include (but are not limited to):

                                                               i.      Insurance cover through PAA,

                                                             ii.      Active PAWA promotion of venue and/or services,

                                                           iii.      Can provide affiliation opportunities to other entities,

                                                           iv.      Host sanctioned/recognised events and tournaments,

                                                             v.      Support with governance and operational procedures,

                                                           vi.      Connection with other affiliates,

                                                          vii.      Access to loan equipment for events,

                                                        viii.      Access to PAWA or affiliate portal for membership management,

                                                            ix.      Opportunity to provide input regarding the direction and growth of Pickleball.

d.       A key expectation is that affiliate members become members of PAWA and PAA through the affiliate’s membership process.

 

2.     Unincorporated Association.

a.       This internal affiliation is between an unincorporated association of Pickleball participants that play regularly and,

                                                               i.      an incorporated association (affiliated) OR

                                                             ii.      PAWA.

b.       The purpose is to provide support to an association which id yet to incorporate. It is expected that this affiliation would result in the relevant incorporated association providing assistance and support with grant applications, access to equipment and player development. An expectation would be that the members of the unincorporated association would become members of the association to which it are affiliated.

c.       Benefits include (but are not limited to):

                                                               i.      Host recognised events and tournaments,

                                                             ii.      Support with governance and operational procedures,

                                                           iii.      PAWA individual members insurance valid at organized affiliate sessions,

                                                           iv.      Connection with other affiliates,

                                                             v.      Support with media communications,

                                                           vi.      Access to loan equipment for events

                                                          vii.      Grant application support

                                                        viii.      Access to training services,

                                                            ix.      Opportunity to provide input regarding the direction and growth of Pickleball.

A key obligation is that affiliate participants become members of PAWA and PAA through the affiliate’s membership process (or directly with PAWA if necessary).

 

3.      Community Player Program.

a.       This internal affiliation is between an unincorporated group of Pickleball participants that play regularly and,

                                                               i.      an incorporated association (affiliated) OR

                                                             ii.      PAWA.

b.       The purpose is to provide support to a playing group who are yet to incorporate. It is expected that this affiliation would result in the relevant incorporated association providing assistance and support with grant applications, access to equipment and player development. An expectation would be that the members of the player program would become members of the association to which they are affiliated.

c.       Benefits include (but are not limited to):

                                                               i.      Host recognised events and tournaments,

                                                             ii.      Support with governance and operational procedures,

                                                           iii.      PAWA individual members insurance valid at organized affiliate sessions,

                                                           iv.      Connection with other affiliates,

                                                             v.      Support with media communications,

                                                           vi.      Access to loan equipment for events

                                                          vii.      Grant application support

                                                        viii.      Access to training services,

                                                            ix.      Opportunity to provide input regarding the direction and growth of Pickleball.

d.       A key expectation is that affiliate participants become members of PAWA and PAA through the affiliate’s membership process (or directly with PAWA if necessary).

 

4.       General Business.

a.       This affiliation is private businesses, sole traders and venues providing Pickleball services who do not require insurance and are not developing a Pickleball club membership base.

b.       Affiliate events and playing sessions will be recognised under the PAWA umbrella affording all PAWA individual members participating personal insurance coverage.

c.       Benefits include (but are not limited to):

                                                               i.      Active promotion of the venue or services,

                                                             ii.      Host sanctioned/recognised events and tournaments,

                                                           iii.      PAWA individual members insurance valid at organized affiliate sessions,

                                                           iv.      Connection with other affiliates,

                                                             v.      Support with media communications,

                                                           vi.      Access to loan equipment for events

                                                          vii.      Grant application support

                                                        viii.      Access to training services,

                                                            ix.      Opportunity to provide input regarding the direction and growth of Pickleball.

d.       Key obligations are to pay an annual fee as determined by PAWA and that affiliate participants are encouraged to become members of PAWA and PAA.