Tackling Illegal Drugs Program

Funded by the Australian government and coordinated by Good Sports, the Tackling Illegal Drugs program aims to help Australian sports clubs become better prepared to address drug-related issues.

Sporting clubs are a snapshot of the larger community. No matter what age, or sport, chances are, somebody at your club has been touched by the issue. We believe that even if it isn’t an issue now, it pays to always be prepared.

What is it?                        

Good Sports will work with your club to develop and implement an illegal drugs policy.

The policy is more than just a piece of paper; it’s a chance to educate your members and talk about how your club will deal with any future issues. A policy will set clear standards and help clubs react appropriately in case of an incident. By setting measures in place now, you can help prevent drug-related issues in the future in your club.

What are the benefits?

When it comes to Tackling Illegal Drugs, it pays to be prepared. By investing the time to have a conversation about illegal drugs now, your club can help to prevent drug-related issues in the future.

An illegal drugs policy will:

  • set clear standards for expected behaviour
  • act as a positive influence on members
  • help to prepare your club if there is an incident
  • provide you with clear guidelines on how to respond to the issue of illegal drugs in a fair and appropriate manner, that benefits all members and the wider community.

How does it work?

  • Your club will complete a Tackling Illegal Drugs questionnaire which includes questions around your club environment and any current policies in place
  • Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, your club will receive a tailored action plan to support you to develop an illegal drugs policy
  • The action plan will highlight the practical steps that should be taken to create a policy that is right for your club

At Good Sports, we know clubs are busy and often volunteer-led. That’s why we provide all the resources and support your club needs to make the process as simple as possible.

We will explain the value of having a policy, give you access to tools and resources, and provide you with advice during the development of your policy.
The Tackling Illegal Drugs program is a chance for you to collaborate, ask questions and receive support to help develop, implement and continue your policy.

Drop us a line if you have any questions!

The Tackling Illegal Drugs program is funded by the Australian Government and proudly delivered by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

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TACKLING ILLEGAL DRUGS – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  1. WHAT IS THE TACKLING ILLEGAL DRUGS PROGRAM?

Funded by the Australian government and coordinated by Good Sports, the Tackling Illegal Drugs program aims to help Australian sports clubs become better prepared to address drug-related issues.

We’ll work with clubs to educate them about the issue of illegal drugs, supporting them to develop and implement and effective illegal drugs policy.

 

  1. WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE TACKLING ILLEGAL DRUGS PROGRAM?

After completing a short questionnaire about the policies at your club, you will receive a tailored list of practical actions to support your leaders to develop an illegal drugs policy. All the way along, a dedicated Good Sports relationship manager will support you to develop and implement your club’s illegal drugs policy.

 

  1. WHY IS THE FOCUS ON ILLEGAL DRUGS?

Sporting clubs are a snapshot of the larger community and have a great opportunity to promote positive behaviour when it comes to tackling illegal drugs. Over 40% of Aussies over the age of 14 have tried an illicit drug in their lifetime; no matter the age, or sport, chances are somebody at every club has been touched by this issue.

 

  1. WHY SHOULD MY CLUB JOIN? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM?

When it comes to Tackling Illegal Drugs, it pays to be prepared. By investing the time to have a conversation about illegal drugs now, your club can help to prevent drug-related issues in the future.

An illegal drugs policy will:

  • set clear standards for expected behaviour
  • act as a positive influence on members
  • help to prepare your club if there is an incident
  • provide you with clear guidelines on how to respond to the issue of illegal drugs in a fair and proper manner, that benefits all members and the wider community.

Contact the Good Sports team for more information on how to get started.

 

  1. WHY IS AN ILLEGAL DRUGS POLICY IMPORTANT?

A policy is an important step for any club that wishes to protect its members, guests and reputation. Creating a policy will set standards and expectations for members, helping to nurture a positive club environment regardless of any incident. It will also give your club a clear course of action, helping to protect it from any liability down the track.

 

  1. CAN I COMPLETE THE PROGRAM ONLINE?

Yes. You will have a personal online login to your club portal where you will find the questionnaire and action plan. You will then be able to go through the questions and list of actions online at your own pace. A Good Sports relationship manager is available to support your club as you progress through the program.

 

  1. OUR CLUB DOESN’T HAVE AN ISSUE WITH ILLEGAL DRUGS. WHY IS THIS PROGRAM IMPORTANT FOR US?

Even if your club doesn’t have an issue with drugs now, it always pays to be prepared. Statistics show that illegal drug use is an issue that touches many Australians, regardless of age, gender or location.

Clubs that participate in the Tackling Illegal Drugs program are guided through various scenarios, ensuring they are better prepared to react appropriately should a similar situation arise.

 

  1. WE HAVE LIMITED TIME AND RESOURCES. WHY SHOULD WE PRIORITISE THIS ISSUE?

We understand that sports clubs are busy. That’s why we’ve made the program free, online, and as simple as possible. The Good Sports team is here to help clubs learn about the issue, providing the resources they need to create and implement an effective illegal drugs policy.

Prioritising this issue is important considering the significance of the issue in Australia. By putting in the work now, clubs will be better prepared to react to an incident should one occur.

 

  1. IS HAVING AN ILLEGAL DRUGS POLICY THE ONLY WAY MY CLUB CAN ADDRESS ILLEGAL DRUGS?

No, but it is the most effective. Having an illegal drugs policy in place is important considering how widespread illegal drug use is in Australia. Sporting clubs have a great opportunity to nurture strong and healthy communities by educating members about the harms associated with illegal drug use and setting standards for members.

The process of putting a policy in place is just as important as the policy itself. It will give your club the chance to formalise its stance and develop procedures which it can follow in the event of any drug-related issues, to protect your members and the club’s reputation.

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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 in 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 doing something right.

Natalie Walka, President, St Anthonys Girraween Eagles JRLFC

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