Brisbane Lions roar ahead with Go1 online learning portal

Scott Cooper

Brisbane Lions embrace cutting edge tech as employees tap into more than 270 courses

As sporting clubs across the world continue to look for an edge over their counterparts, The Brisbane Lions have turned to online learning to take the next step in pursuit of football greatness.

Brisbane Lions has selected Go1 as its premier workplace training and learning partner ahead of the launch of a new professional development and workplace training program for all employees at the club.

Team and staff members have access to more than 270 courses, nearly 1000 workbooks and training resources, and over 600 videos and engagement with expert (training material) authors.

The materials include both existing bespoke training courses created for the Brisbane Lions, as well as courses selected from the Go1 marketplace. Courses include preventing sexual harassment, religious discrimination, dealing with difficult behaviours, identifying poor performance, communicating effectively, conflict management and emotional intelligence.

Business-focused options such as introduction to project management, finance for non-finance managers, strategic planning, and competition and consumer law are also available.

According to Emma Zielke, Brisbane Lions’ AFLW Captain and club admin officer, the Go1 learning platform will allow the club to provide its athletes and staff members with the most advanced educational tools.

“It’s about training minds as well as bodies. We want to help all the Brisbane Lions team, from the field to the boardroom to expand their horizons into areas such as leadership and sales. By implementing cutting-edge technology, we are helping our employees to upskill and manage their training path based on their areas of interest.

“The Go1 portal enables us to do this, as well as being a great way to distribute and deliver compulsory training such as OH&S and courses around club values and culture,” Ms Zielke said.

Ms Zielke believes launching the program places Brisbane Lions at the forefront of learning amongst Australian sporting organisations.

“We would be happy to share our learnings with other AFL teams in future and show them how the Go1 platform can help their organisations as well,” she said.

The Go1 service will be extended to Brisbane Lions affiliate organisations such as the Springwood Social Club where full-time staff can access the learning portal.

While the Brisbane Lions are in the early stages of rolling out the program, she expects to start seeing positive results after six months.

“I think we will see a really good return from people going the extra mile to achieve their personal and career development goals through the Go1 learning platform,” Ms Zielke said.

Go1 CEO Andrew Barnes said the company was excited to partner with an iconic Queensland brand like The Brisbane Lions to hit its workplace training and development targets.

“The Brisbane Lions is a shining example of a club that genuinely cares about their employees’ personal and professional development,” Mr Barnes said. “It is also an example of a forward-thinking club looking to be first-to-market to implement the latest technologies to ensure success both on and off the field.

“Access to more than 270 courses puts the club’s employees and players in good stead and helps them learn at their own pace and convenience.

“This is especially important in a competitive league like the AFL where teams spend a lot of time on the road. In these situations it’s easy to forget the importance of training and education, and we want to and have removed that barrier,” he said.

About Brisbane Lions

The Brisbane Lions are an Australian Rules Football Club which participates in the Australian Football League (AFL) and was formed from the merger of the Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions in 1996. The club appeared in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals between 2001 and 2004, winning three (2001, 2002 and 2003) to become one of the most successful teams of the modern era.


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