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The Good Sports Awards

Nominations for the 2017 Good Sports Awards are now closed.

This year’s Good Sports Award winners will be announced on Tuesday 21 November and will set an example that the whole country can be proud of and should aspire to be.

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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 8000 sporting clubs across Australia provide a safe and inclusive environment, where everyone can get involved.

Positive change

We recognise the huge role that sport plays in the development of healthy individuals and communities. The Good Sports program leads the way to success for a thriving and inclusive club culture.

Health benefits

Sport and health are side by side. We support our clubs to help look after the physical, mental and social wellbeing of their members. That means education and support for responsible alcohol consumption, nutrition and mental health.

Club support

We work as a team with all of our clubs to help facilitate change. We have a list of courses and resources that are proven to help you formulate a winning strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of your club. Take a look at our resources.

Keep up to date with all things Good Sports

Excessive alcohol consumption can delay the repair of soft-tissue injuries.

Excessive alcohol consumption can distract you from carrying out appropriate recovery strategies to help the body refuel and rehydrate.

Drinking the night before a game can affect a person’s speed and performance and increase the risk of injury.

If a person drank a lot at night they may still have a high concentration of alcohol in their bloodstream the following day.

Become a Good Sports Club today

Are you ready to take the next step and join the team that makes up Australia’s largest preventative health initiative in sport?

It takes just two easy steps:

1. Fill in the form with your club details

2. A Good Sports team member will get in touch with you within two weeks of completing the form to discuss your club’s involvement in the program.

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Understanding the barriers to club participation

Members are what make a club. They’re the passionate volunteers, players and people cheering from the sidelines. And importantly, they’re also the key to club revenue and having a strong…

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Hitting the mark on membership

As social trends and traditions change, maintaining a steady membership can be tricky for any local sporting club. More often than not, it’s the clubs that are willing to adapt and move with the times that thrive. In country Victoria, Buninyong Bowling Club is hitting the mark with a suite of inclusive programs run by passionate volunteers. Over the past four years, membership at the club has increased by around thirty per cent, directly contrasting with national trends which show a twenty-five per cent drop in participation rates in the sport. “We’ve just been really proactive in trying to increase our membership,” explains Club President Wayne Morgan. Proactive is putting it lightly, with the club implementing numerous strategies each aimed at connecting with a different group in the local community. It’s all about getting people on to the green and giving them a chance to experience bowls in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment. ‘The Corporate Cup’ is one such initiative. Aimed at non-members and the local business community, the barefoot bowls tournament is marketed as a networking opportunity for community groups and businesses. The annual ‘Giggles on the Grass’ event is popular with women who haven’t played bowls before, while regular ‘Come and Try’ days invite locals to have a bowl using free equipment and coaching. And then there is the ‘Junior Coaching Program’ which partners with the local primary school to introduce kids to the game of bowls. “It’s just sort of what we do, it’s just the culture of the club. But when I list it like that, it does sound like a lot!” Wayne says. A Level 3 Good Sports club, Buninyong Bowling Club lives the Good Sports philosophy, championing inclusivity and creating a safe environment for members and guests. “It’s a good thing to be able to promote to the community that we’re doing things like Responsible Service of Alcohol, free taxi calls and providing water and snacks. “We really try and aim for a friendly and inclusive culture in the club.” Wayne explains. It’s an approach that is proven to work, and a philosophy that is certainly paying off for Buninyong. Not only has the positive club culture supported the growth of membership, it has also contributed to a strong volunteering culture. The club is run almost completely by volunteers, and according to Wayne any one of the 135 club members would be willing to help if asked. Moving forward, the plan is to continue to grow. “We’re looking in any way to get more people on the greens and just coming and trying it and enjoying the atmosphere. “It’s a beautiful club and setting and we’re very lucky. We’re very proud of it.”   Three Key PLAYS TO INCREASE CLUB MEMBERSHIP Use these practical tips to kick-start membership growth at your club. You might even like to print off this page and bring it to your next committee meeting.  

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YOUR SAY: Getting members on board

We wanted to help local clubs understand the reasons why people become members of their local sporting club. How did the Good Sports community choose their local club? And what…

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Planning your race day ride home

In Victoria, car accidents peak the day before and of the Melbourne Cup. As do ambulance callouts as the result of alcohol. Being responsible when it comes to safe transport…

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