Murrabit Football Netball club – a benchmark community club
In the small township of Murrabit 290 km north of Melbourne, Murrabit Football Netball Club has become one of the most outstanding Good Sports clubs since enrolling in the program in 2001. The club joined Good Sports to promote its credibility within its community, sending the message “We will take a responsible approach to drinking here.”
The club’s long list of achievements over the last 10 years is impressive:
- The club has trained 87 members in the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA).
- The club hosted the Good Sports, Good Mental Health pilot to focus on mental health issues including depression and its relation to alcohol use.
- Player education on healthy nutrition in sport as well as alcohol and sporting performance – even giving players after-match bottled water and sports drinks rather than the customary beers.
- More varieties of light beer have been introduced at the bar.
- In 2010 the club took the step of excluding alcohol from committee meetings.
- Murrabit Club is known as an important part of their community and treats this role with respect. The club has won multiple premierships and chose to not allow any alcohol on the field or in premiership photos – an important symbol of the club’s Sport First philosophy.