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?                        

Over 12 weeks, we work with you to develop and implement an illegal drugs policy at your sporting club. We run face to face sessions, and support you as you develop a policy tailored to your club.

We know clubs are busy and often volunteer-led, that’s why we provide all the resources and support that you need to make the process as simple as possible.

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

What are the benefits?

  • It pays to be prepared. 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.
  • The chance to connect. The program is a great opportunity for clubs to connect, share information and form relationships across the league.
  • Plenty of support. Good Sports has created the program with busy clubs in mind. To make things easier, all of the resources and support will be provided by the team at Good Sports.

How does it work?

  1. First you take part in a local forum.

Clubs from pre-selected Leagues and Associations will be invited to attend a local forum where they will learn about the program, receive alcohol and other drugs training, and discuss various scenarios which could occur at a sporting club.

  1. Second, we create a task list.

We create a list of actions for you to undertake to create and implement the policy. We have a stack of resources to help you.

  1. Then, we meet again at a workshop.

Here, we get another chance to help you out, figure out any blocks, and make sure that everything is moving along. It’s also a chance for you to collaborate, ask questions and receive support regarding implementing and continuing their policy.

The program gives clubs a great opportunity to connect, share information and form relationships with other local sports clubs.

Drop us a line if you have any questions!

Tackling Illegal Drugs – Top Ten Questions

 

  1. What is Tackling Illegal Drugs?

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 implement primary prevention strategies including an illegal drugs policy.

 

  1. What is the structure of the Tackling Illegal Drugs program?

The 12-week program includes:

  • A local forum:

    participating clubs are invited to attend a local forum where they will learn more about the program and the issue.

  • The action plan:

    after attending the forum, clubs are invited to fill out a survey generating a tailor-made action plan. The action plan will guide clubs through the process of creating an illegal drugs policy.

  • A workshop:

    Having already begun to work on their action plan, the workshop is an opportunity for clubs to collaborate, ask questions and receive support regarding implementing and continuing their 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 have I been contacted by my league about this program?

Good Sports is working in conjunction with community sports leagues and associations across Australia to promote and coordinate the Tackling Illegal Drugs program. All leagues involved fully endorse and recommend the Tackling Illegal Drugs program.

Please note: only clubs within participating leagues are able to join the program.

 

  1. Why should my club join? What are the benefits of the program?

There are loads of benefits to joining the program, here are just a few:

  • Prepare your club: By investing the time to have a conversation about illegal drugs now, your club will be better prepared to react appropriately in case of any illegal drug-related incidents in the future.
  • The chance to connect: Connect with other clubs in your community, sharing information and ideas as you tackle the issue together.
  • Plenty of support: We know clubs are busy and often volunteer-led. To make things easier, Good Sports will provide all of the resources and support that clubs need to make the process as simple as possible.

 

  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. What is the role of the Welfare Officer and how does the club choose one?

The Welfare Officer is responsible for ensuring everyone at the club understands the illegal drugs policy and are designated to be responsible for the management of any illegal drug related incidents.

The Welfare Officer is not a separate position and can be held by anybody at the club, regardless of whether or not they already have a position. It’s an added skillset and a great opportunity to build on an existing role, or upskill in a new area.

 

  1. Can I complete the program online?

No. While many of the program resources will be available online, the forum and workshop are both important parts of the program and a great chance to connect and collaborate with others.

 

  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. Unfortunately, the stats show that illegal drug use is an issue that touches many Australians, regardless of age, gender or location.

Having an illegal drugs policy will protect your club from any unforeseen incidents, setting clear standards and offering support for your members and guests.

 

  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 and as simple as possible. The Good Sports team is here to help clubs learn about the issue, providing all of the resources they need to create and implement an 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.

 

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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

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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.

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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

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