This is Good Sports

We love sport at all levels. We love local community clubs getting together to have a game, old timers who bleed for their team, up-and-comers putting in the hard yards and professional athletes at the top of their game.

We’re passionate about having more people enjoy our great Australian sporting culture. To do that we need to create a safe, inclusive environment where everyone can get involved and do their bit.

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A GOOD SPORTS CLUB

Good Sports clubs are a valuable asset to their community. We work with our accredited clubs to ensure long-term success. Our program gives Good Sports clubs a winning platform for:

  • Recruiting new members
  • Making your club more visible
  • Increased revenue streams
  • A more sustainable business model
  • Healthier and more engaged members
  • Greater respect in the community

Preventative health through Good Sports

Good Sports has been proven to reduce harm and positively influence health behaviors, as well as strengthen club membership and boost participation.

The Good Sports program is a preventive health initiative. It’s implemented voluntarily through community sporting clubs; helping clubs to promote healthier, safer and family-friendly environments and behaviours.

The core Good Sports program has been helping community sporting clubs to control the use of alcohol and to promote healthy behaviors — such as healthy eating and smoke free environments — for nearly two decades.

Implemented in almost 8,000 community sporting clubs, Good Sports has the scope and experience to facilitate health behavior change and enhance participation to improve population health and strengthen the sustainability of grass roots clubs.

Proven to reduce risky drinking

A randomised control trial showed the Good Sports program reduces the likelihood of risky drinking by 37% and alcohol-related harms by 42% in community sporting clubs that reach Level 3 of the program.

In addition, clubs undertaking the healthy eating component are almost twice as likely to promote fruit and vegetable products and club members are two-and-a-half times more likely to report the purchase of fruit and vegetables and one-and-a-half times more likely to purchase non-sugar-sweetened drinks. The strategies implemented through the program also improve the risk management and governance of clubs and help protect clubs from ‘integrity threats’ such as doping, match fixing, gambling, performance and image enhancing drugs, and aggressive behaviour.

Good Sports is well positioned within the peak sporting structure in Australia. The program actively collaborates with sporting organisations, federal, state and local governments, and health promotion agencies to improve population health.

Organisations and others with which Good Sports has collaborated include the federal Department of Health, VicHealth, the Traffic Accident Commission, the nib Foundation, liquor licensing agencies, Regional Sports Assemblies, national and state sporting organisations, local leagues and associations, QUIT, beyondblue and Nutrition Australia.

Good Sports plays a central role in supporting clubs to keep people active, healthy, socially connected and safe. It is an excellent example of a successful primary prevention program that reduces harm, promotes health behaviours, enhances participation and supports club integrity and sustainability.

 

  • Good Sports Level 1

    This is the basic training to build the foundations for success. It covers:
    • Liquor licensing legal obligations
    • Bar management strategies
    • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training for bar staff
    • Smoke-free environment benefits
    Benefits
    • Knowing when to ask someone to leave the bar or ground
    • Ensuring there is at least one RSA-trained member around when alcohol is served
    • Understanding how to keep a bar incident register to track any issues
    • Methods to ensure smoke free areas are maintained
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  • Good Sports Level 2

    Here we step it up a notch and put our structures into action. While incorporating the steps taken in level 1, this level covers:
    • Providing low alcohol and non-alcoholic drink options
    • Implementing a safe transport strategy
    • Providing food options when alcohol is served
    Benefits
    • Ensuring the club meets all legal compliance needs
    • Increasing revenue streams outside of alcohol sales
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  • Good Sports Level 3

    Our final step is to ensure ongoing success by creating a healthy club culture. Including the steps taken in levels 1 and 2, it also means:
    • Development of an alcohol management policy
    • Clear plans to reduce and prevent underage and problem drinking
    Benefits
    • Improved club culture
    • Greater sponsorship opportunities
    • Increased memberships
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Alcohol

To assist community clubs, Good Sports is leading the way.

Our mandate and core offering is to help clubs be the best they can be, through our three-level accreditation program we offer a simple and effective way of improving the way alcohol is managed.

Physical and mental health

Sport is on the frontline of both physical and mental health.

Through our healthy eating and healthy minds programs (state dependent), we help clubs promote healthy eating and nutritional practices, reduce mental health stigma and promote mental health support.

Junior

In partnership with the NIB Foundation, Good Sports is working with 220 level 3 accredited clubs in NSW and Victoria with the goal of creating healthier sporting environments for juniors.

It’s all about normalising health promoting practices with key themes around alcohol, tobacco, eating and spectator behaviour.

Our Supporters

Good Sports, on behalf of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, wishes to thank our national funder for its support.

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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