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If you’re thinking about how your sporting club would benefit from the Good Sports program or what to do first, check out our FAQs below.
Q. What are the benefits for our club?
Good Sports works with your sporting club to help make sustainable and positive changes to alcohol management. This in turn benefits players, members and the broader community by providing a healthier and safer environment.
Research shows that Good Sports clubs encourage more members and sponsors, therefore increasing their revenue.
You will also be provided with Good Sports merchandise to promote your participation at every level of the program, helping you create a positive family friendly image.
For more benefits and testimonials from Good Sports clubs visit see Benefits.
Q. Why do we need to change?
Sporting clubs are expected to show a duty of care for their members. Alcohol management not only provides young members with a safe and healthy environment, it can also help mitigate legal risks and improve your club’s image.
Alcohol is a leading cause of preventable death and illness in Australia. Each year more than 3,000 Australians die as a result of harmful drinking. We know sporting clubs and drinking are historically linked; this is something we can help influence for the health of future generations.
Q. Does the program stop us serving alcohol?
No. The program is not about ‘drying up’ clubs. It aims to help clubs implement Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) management practices.
Research has shown that many clubs’ total alcohol sales actually increase as they progress through Good Sports. Even though individuals may drink less, increased membership and other income sources prepare the club to be in an even better financial position.
Q. Why do we have to be trained in Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA)?
In many cases, it is a requirement by law that anyone selling or serving alcohol in a licensed venue must be RSA trained. In cases where it is not required by the law, it is still best practice and Good Sports endorse it as a national standard.
The course helps bar staff and club committee members understand the legal requirements of providing alcohol and assist them in identifying intoxication issues before problems arise. For more information about RSA in your state visit the event page.
Q. How much does it cost?
Good Sports is a free community program to any registered sporting club.
Q. Is the program compulsory for sporting clubs?
No, the Good Sports program is not compulsory. However, if your club sells or consumes alcohol you must have a liquor license and comply with the conditions of that license. Good Sports can help you achieve this and put other practices into place to make the club more family friendly. Good Sports can also help you create an alcohol management plan which is compulsory in some states in Australia.
Q. Our volunteers are already stretched – how much time will it take?
If your club already sells or serves alcohol, being part of the Good Sports program shouldn’t create any more work than already necessary to comply with your liquor license. Your local Good Sports representative will assist with any advice or resources your club may need to get through the accreditation criteria.
Q. How can we promote the program to our members and the community?
There are many ways to promote the Good Sports program. Club social events, annual meetings, new member days, information nights and game days are all great opportunities to display Good Sports signage and information or to invite a Good Sports speaker to the event. Make use of club newsletters, local publications and place signage around the club facilities to promote the club’s involvement in the program.
The Good Sports website contains a toolkit section with templates and resources to help you promote your club’s involvement in the program. Ongoing support from your committee is also important. If you have any concerns or need new ideas, your local Good Sports Project Officer can assist you.
Q. How do we get our members to understand and accept Good Sports?
Through ongoing promotion of the program and its benefits to members and the committee, your club community can begin to understand and see the program in practice. Promote the positives of the program and show the importance of creating a healthy and safe club culture. See how other clubs have worked with the program at Club Stories.
Q. How long does the accreditation process take?
To move through all three levels of accreditation can take up to five years, however your club can complete all three levels sooner if all criteria are addressed. Clubs must remain at each level of accreditation for a minimum of one year before progressing on to the next.
Q. Will we lose membership?
Research shows that the change in alcohol management practices often leads to a more family friendly environment and actually increases membership.
Good Sports has been running for over 10 years and works with more than 5,000 local sporting clubs nationally. In that time we have seen many clubs increase the number of players and members.
Q. Will our bar sales drop? That’s our main revenue source.
Being a Good Sports club does not mean your bar sales need to drop. In fact, many clubs have reported their bar sales actually increase due to greater club membership and more involvement by members in club social activities. Many clubs also experience revenue growth in other areas such as food and low/non-alcoholic beverage sales.
Q. It's just another job – who will do it?
If your club sells or serves alcohol then you are required by law to have a liquor license. It is already the job of the committee and/or the licensee to ensure these requirements are upheld. Good Sports is not about more paper work, but about adjusting practices already in place to comply with your liquor license and change the way alcohol is viewed.
Your local Good Sports representative can assist with any advice or resources your club may need to get through the accreditation criteria, promote the program or assist with complying with your liquor license.
Q. We don’t have a problem at our club, why should we be involved?
Gaining Good Sports accreditation is an effective way to demonstrate to the community and your members that your club manages alcohol responsibly and promotes a positive environment which everyone can enjoy.
By putting practices in place to minimise any future risks, your club is helping to ensure the health and safety of future players and members while showing leadership in the wider community.
Q. What can we do to minimise junior club member’s use of alcohol?
It is important to consistently communicate and reinforce the club’s policy on underage drinking. In accordance with your liquor license, alcohol must not be given to a minor, even by a parent or guardian, on club premises.
To assist with this message you might consider having a no alcohol policy associated with junior events and reducing the reliance on alcohol as a fundraiser or prize at all levels.
As part of the Good Sports program, many members become more aware of alcohol issues. You can begin to educate young people on the dangers and health risks associated, including its impact on sporting performance. For more information visit our alcohol and sport article under resources.