Clayton Football Club are a Good Sport
Like all Football clubs, the use and consumption of alcohol has played a very big part in the history of the club. We are a club that was formed in 1908 and so we are a club full of history.
In years gone by, alcohol was the major source of income and whilst we rely upon the sale of alcohol, the management of it has been changed, to reflect a significant change in community standards.
Since our association with the Good sports programme, the club has made a number of changes with the management of its use on club premises.
We have made a conscientious decision that when we hold our monthly committee meetings, there will be no consumption of alcohol during the course of the meeting.
On Tuesday nights after training, we provide a bowl of soup and bread for all the players free of charge. This means that rather than have a drink, whether it be a beer or a soft drink, all players gravitate to the soup because it is free and filling. Prior to this before the cold nights, we would provide a large platter of cut fruit for the players after training on both Tuesday and Thursday nights. Since April, Thursday nights are when players stay for selection, so we provide meals at a very reasonable price which all players purchase. We have also increased our stock of sports drinks, which are very popular amongst the players and the majority of players will have the sports drink with their meals rather than a beer.
On Saturdays, game day at home, all players after the game are provided with a wide selection of meals ranging from salad rolls, pies & pasties to cooked meals ranging from a lasagne to rice dishes. We know that players will consume alcohol and so we have created an environment where if they do consume alcohol it is done on a full stomach and there are alternatives to the consumption of alcohol.