Deborah Jones

Founder, Clubhouse Territory

2024 NT Local Hero Nominee

Deborah (Deb) Jones originally created Clubhouse Territory in 2013 so she could make sure everyone, regardless of ability, could play sport. That goal quickly evolved into encouraging people from all walks of life to participate and get involved in all aspects of a community. 

Clubhouse Territory’s community events and projects promote and educate locals on inclusion, and aim to get participants moving and creating in the world around them.  

Today, Clubhouse Territory has a reputation for being a primary advocate and supporter for inclusion in the Northern Territory. The not-for-profit’s programs, recently opened to NDIS participants, are based on five themes: sports participation, the arts, health, education and social inclusion. Events include the ‘Be-Inclusive Games’, ‘A Day in the Life Workshops’ and the ‘All-Abilities Come-N-Try’ program. About 4000 attendees participate each year. 

Clubhouse Territory won the Zip Print Sports in the Community Award at the Northern Territory Community Achievement Awards in 2022.