Celebrating 100 ACT Good Sports clubs
The ACT sporting community has been praised for its commitment to building healthier and more family friendly sporting environments, with over 100 local clubs just like Easts Junior Rugby Union Club are now part of the Good Sports program. This fantastic milestone means 100 of the state’s local clubs now have access to Good Sport’s free tools, resources and practical support to implement policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport.
100 Strong – ACT clubs are proud to be part of the Good Sports Program
Local sporting clubs in the ACT are proud to be part of the Good Sports Program. Easts Junior Rugby Union Club joined Good Sports in 2018 and has since gone on to achieve the highest level of the Good Sports program. Additionally, the club has developed an Illegal Drugs Policy through the Good Sports Tackling Illegal Drugs program.
Easts Junior Rugby Union Club also run mentoring programs, offer scholarships to players and encourage girls to play rugby union by allowing them to join the club free-of-charge in their first season.
“Community sports are first and foremost about building healthy, inclusive communities, something that has been very important to us as Canberra’s oldest rugby club,” said James Manders, President of Easts Junior Rugby Club.
Implementing initiatives around healthy eating and positive spectator behaviour
The club has also shown it cares. Furthermore, it cares about the health and wellbeing of its young players through the Good Sports Junior Program. By implementing initiatives around healthy eating and positive spectator behaviour. For example, offering healthier alternatives when the canteen is open, thanks to donations from a local organic wholesaler.
“Being part of Good Sports has helped us to cement support for healthy physical and social behaviours. As part of our club culture. The outcomes from this program will help our kids establish lifelong habits in healthy eating, being active. And being part of a respectful and supportive social community,” Mr Manders said.
“We encourage drinking of water during and after games to provide adequate hydration for our players. Not only that, parents volunteer to bring fruit which is offered at half time. Rather than unhealthy alternatives such as sweets. Likewise, having a good community spirit within the club helps to ensure we have positive sideline behavior from parent and players alike,” Mr Manders added.
Building a healthier sporting nation
Good Sports Manager, Mark Harris said community sports clubs in ACT should be proud of their efforts in building a healthier sporting nation.
“Thousands of members of the ACT sporting community are now benefitting from Good Sports,” Mr Harris said.
“By joining Good Sports, clubs are showing that they really care about the health and wellbeing of their members,” Mr Harris added. “Congratulations to Easts Junior Rugby Club for its commitment to Good Sports,” Mr Harris said. “Sporting clubs across Australia have the opportunity to join Good Sports. We know running a sporting club is hard work. Which is why our staff are here to talk clubs through the free program. Making it easier for already busy volunteers to implement”.
You can find out more about Easts Junior Rugby Union Club through their website.