Good Sports Junior Program

In sports, a good pre-season sets you up for success. When it comes to attitudes towards alcohol it’s equally important to lay the right foundations. Young members of your club are learning the ropes and are influenced by everything they see and hear around the ground. Good Sports Junior helps you set the standard early and supports clubs to make changes that promote healthy behaviours.

Good Sports Junior is available to our Good Sports Level 3 clubs and expands on the core program to normalise practices that promote health in sporting clubs. This includes creating the right attitudes and influencing behaviours towards:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Healthy eating
  • Spectator behaviour

The Good Sports Junior program encourages clubs to trial strategies and make changes at their own pace – think of us like a support car that is simply there to guide you.

Some key focus areas of the Good Sports Junior program are:

  • Influencing role model behaviours within the club environment
  • Decreasing the visibility of alcohol at junior sport
  • Encouraging clubs to be completely smoke free
  • Assisting clubs to implement healthier canteen and BBQ options
  • Creating enjoyable playing experiences for juniors through positive sidelines

The benefits of the Good Sports Junior Program

Participation in the Good Sports Junior program shows your community that you’re leading the pack when it comes to club culture. Your club will be more appealing to parents and lead to: increased membership and player retention creating larger sponsorship networks, stronger community ties, and greater opportunities for revenue.

Being involved in sporting clubs can help juniors develop many life skills while also providing significant physical, emotional and social health benefits. By taking part in Good Sports Junior, clubs are doing their bit to create more enjoyable experiences for juniors which will encourage kids to stay in sport longer – everybody wins!

BE PART OF THE GOOD SPORTS JUNIOR PROGRAM

If you’d like to create a springboard to success for your junior members check out our resources, fact sheets and posters.

Good Sports Junior is currently only running in Victoria, New South Wales and ACT, but we’re always looking to expand. To express your interest or register your club click here.

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Testimonials

It gets harder and harder to successfully administer a junior rugby league football club, as there seems to be new challenges to face each year.

However it's programs and opportunities like this that remind us of what's important and brings us back to the fundamental reasons for why we do what we do.

We are one of many awesome sporting communities raising kids collectively and if we all succeed in helping children grow to be self-aware, resilient and happy kids through team sport, then we must all be going something right.

Natalie Walka, President, St Anthonys Girraween Eagles JRLFC

For better or worse, sport does play a role in setting our community standards of behaviour.

We expect our professional sportspeople to behave in a manner conducive to elite performance, and the binge drinking can really no longer be a part of that.

Kim Crow, World Champion and Olympic Rower

We are helping cricketers of all ages to recognise that they can very easily lead healthy and active lives by making good choices when it comes to eating and drinking while participating in a great sport.

We are very proud of the fact that we are connected and supported by the Good Sports program. Without it, our club would not be where it is today.

Redlands Cricket Inc., Good Sports Healthy Eating Club

Like any culture, whether it be a sports team, club, workplace or social group, for it to be truly strong and positive you need everyone to buy in and live by a set of standards and beliefs.

We’re really fortunate here at Nunawading Basketball to have that across the organisation and our SEABL Women are a shining example of that.

With a wonderful mix of Opals experience, quality US imports, young talent and future stars our women along with Good Sports are really helping us stamp a positive impact across our community and provide our aspiring Junior Spectres with first class, accessible role models.

Paul Flynn, Operations Manager, Nunawading Basketball Stadium

The best part of being involved with Good Sports is getting to meet and work with so many wonderful people who are involved in grass roots sporting clubs.

They are all volunteers and are so passionate about their clubs and their towns, especially those living rural areas.

Marc Glanville (Good Sports Team Member)

It gets harder and harder to successfully administer a junior rugby league football club, as there seems to be new challenges to face each year. However it's programs and opportunities like this that remind us of what's important and brings us back to the fundamental reasons for why we do what we do.

We are one of many awesome sporting communities raising kids collectively and if we all succeed in helping children grow to be self-aware, resilient and happy kids through team sport, then we must all be going something right.

Natalie Walka, President, St Anthonys Girraween Eagles JRLFC

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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