Community sporting clubs are a very popular setting for young people with more than 60% of Australian children participating in at least one organised sport outside of school hours. While the health, fitness and social benefits of participating in sport are invaluable, the consumption of alcohol is also often part of training, match day culture and club celebrations.
As one of the nation's leading organisations preventing harm from alcohol and other drugs, The Alcohol and Drug Foundation believes that sporting clubs play a key role in shaping young peoples' attitudes, beliefs and behaviours towards alcohol consumption and other lifestyle choices including diet and tobacco use. Through their flagship program - Good Sports - The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has worked with 6,500 sporting clubs nationally to create stronger, healthier and more family-friendly sporting communities.
Based on the original award winning Good Sports program, Good Sports Junior will provide a unique approach to assisting sporting clubs with junior teams to establish strong alcohol management, healthy food supply and tobacco management policies and practices.
Our three year partnership during 2015-17 will assist the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to establish Good Sports Junior by developing, implementing and evaluating a suite of health promotion initiatives with a particular focus on young people.
The program will provide participating clubs with the framework and guidance on how to implement strategies and policies, along with support and resources to promote and inform players and members.
Good Sports Junior will reach a target of 220 community sporting clubs in New South Wales and Victoria over the three-year funding period. With an average of 280 members per club it is anticipated the program will positively influence around 60,000 people throughout both rural and metropolitan areas.
More Info: www.goodsports.com.au or check out the video below on what the Newcastle Knights think of Good Sports.