WE ARE PROUD TO BE A LEVEL 1 GOOD SPORTS CLUB
THIS IS GOOD SPORTS
We love sport at all levels. We love local community clubs getting together to have a game, old timers who bleed for their team, up-and-comers putting in the hard yards and professional athletes at the top of their game.
We’re passionate about having more people enjoy our great Australian sporting culture. To do that we need to create a safe, inclusive environment where everyone can get involved and do their bit.
THE BENEFITS OF BEING A GOOD SPORTS CLUB
Good Sports clubs are a valuable asset to their community. We work with our accredited clubs to ensure long-term success. Our program gives Good Sports clubs a winning platform for:
- Recruiting new members
- Making your club more visible
- Increased revenue streams
- A more sustainable business model
- Healthier and more engaged members
- Greater respect in the community
PREVENTATIVE HEALTH THROUGH GOOD SPORTS
Good Sports has been proven to reduce harm and positively influence health behaviors, as well as strengthen club membership and boost participation.
We work together with clubs to prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. The Good Sports program is implemented voluntarily through community sporting clubs; helping clubs to promote healthier, safer and more family-friendly environments.
The core Good Sports program has been helping community sporting clubs to control the use of alcohol and to promote healthy behaviors — such as healthy eating and smoke free environments — for nearly two decades.
Implemented in almost 9,000 community sporting clubs, Good Sports is supported by the latest evidence and has the scope and experience to deliver positive outcomes, improve the health of communities and strengthen the sustainability of grass roots clubs.
IT’S PROVEN TO WORK
- A randomised control trial showed the Good Sports program reduces the likelihood of risky drinking by 37% and alcohol-related harms by 42% in community sporting clubs that reach Level 3 of the program.
- Clubs undertaking the healthy eating component are almost twice as likely to promote fruit and vegetable products and club members are two-and-a-half times more likely to report the purchase of fruit and vegetables and one-and-a-half times more likely to purchase non-sugar-sweetened drinks.
- The strategies implemented through the program also improve the risk management and governance of clubs and help protect clubs from ‘integrity threats’ such as doping, match fixing, gambling, performance and image enhancing drugs, and aggressive behaviour.
Good Sports works in partnership with sporting organisations, federal, state and local governments, and health promotion agencies to reduce the misinformation and stigma about alcohol and other drugs and improve the health of Australian communities.
We’re proud to have worked with organisations including, the federal Department of Health, VicHealth, the Traffic Accident Commission, the nib Foundation, liquor licensing agencies, Regional Sports Assemblies, national and state sporting organisations, local leagues and associations, QUIT, beyondblue and Nutrition Australia.
Good Sports plays a central role in supporting clubs to keep people active, healthy, socially connected and safe. It’s an excellent example of a how we can prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs, promote healthy behaviours, enhance participation, and support club integrity and sustainability.
OUR AIM IS FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS TO BE THE HEALTHIEST THEY CAN BE
Good Sports works together with local sporting clubs to build a healthier sporting nation.
We support local sports clubs, social teams and elite clubs at the pinnacle of their profession.
Our program has helped over 9,500 sporting clubs across Australia provide a safe and inclusive environment, where everyone can get involved.
There are three Good Sports Levels that a club can become:
GOOD SPORTS LEVEL 1
This is the basic training to build the foundations for success. It covers:
Liquor licensing legal obligations
Bar management strategies
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training for bar staff
Smoke-free environment benefits
Knowing when to ask someone to leave the bar or ground
Ensuring there is at least one RSA-trained member around when alcohol is served
Understanding how to keep a bar incident register to track any issues
Methods to ensure smoke free areas are maintained
GOOD SPORTS LEVEL 2 Here we step it up a notch and put our structures into action. While incorporating the steps taken in level 1, this level covers:
Providing low alcohol and non-alcoholic drink options
Implementing a safe transport strategy
Providing food options when alcohol is served
Ensuring the club meets all legal compliance needs
Increasing revenue streams outside of alcohol sales
GOOD SPORTS LEVEL 3
Our final step is to ensure ongoing success by creating a healthy club culture. Including the steps taken in levels 1 and 2, it also means:
Development of an alcohol management policy
Clear plans to reduce and prevent underage and problem drinking
Improved club culture
Greater sponsorship opportunities
More Information on these Levels can be found by clicking on the below links
A Smoking Management Policy helps your club to provide duty of care. Learn why every club should adopt a Smoking Management.
WHY EVERY CLUB SHOULD HAVE A SMOKING MANAGEMENT POLICY
A Smoking Management Policy helps your club to provide duty of care. It means that you’re looking out for the health and safety of your members, volunteers and visitors.
A policy will also help you to enforce any non-smoking laws that might affect your club.
Not convinced? Here’s 5 more reasons why the butt should stop at your local club.
- Second hand smoke
Environmental or second-hand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard that non-smokers deserve to be protected from. Plenty of scientific evidence backs up the claim that second-hand smoke is a health threat to non-smokers, with the potential to increase the risk of respiratory problems, heart disease, heart attacks and cancer.
A smoke-free environment is the best way to provide effective protection from second-hand smoke for your members, guests and volunteers.
For many young people, a local sporting club is a place to learn valuable lessons and ‘learn the ropes’. Players, coaches and spectators are not just club leaders; they are community role-models.
By banning smoking at your local sporting club, or creating smoke-free areas, you will help to make smoking less visible and acceptable. This can directly contribute to a reduced uptake of smoking among young people in your community.
- Support those trying to quit
Smoke-free areas are not only beneficial for non-smokers, they also support smokers who are trying to quit.
By making smoking less of a social outlet at your club and making it more difficult for smokers to access smoking areas, there will be less incentive to ‘light up.’
- Reduce litter
Putting in place outdoor smoke-free areas helps to reduce the amount of cigarette butt litter at your local club. With designated smoking areas in place, litter is confined to a smaller area and can be better controlled with ash trays and bins.
With reduced litter, there is a reduced fire risk and children are less likely to pick up and swallow discarded butts.
- Community leader
As community leaders, local sporting clubs have a responsibility to promote healthy behavior to members and guests.
A Smoke Free Policy is evidence that your club cares about community members. This can help to attract new members and positively promote your club in the community.
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Get behind the ADF’s newest campaign.
We’ve been through a lot these past few months, but we’re getting through it… some of us have started
to come out of COVID-19 induced isolation and are returning to a form of normality. The latest ADF
campaign takes a positive frame on the benefits of reducing your drinking. The stats have told us that
many people have changed their drinking behaviours during lockdown (starting earlier in the day,
perhaps drinking a bit more than usual) and now’s the time to rethink drinking.
That’s why we’ve developed the “Celebrate YOU” health and behaviour-change campaign,
celebrating Australians for making it through part, or all, of the COVID-19 lockdown, encouraging them
to reduce their drink count and realise a host of achievable benefits that come from a few less drinks
such as weight loss, better sleep, more money in your pocket, a healthier immune system and a reduced
risk of breast cancer.
Celebrate YOU: Here’s to a few less drinks and the benefits we can achieve!
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