2018 nib foundation Good Sports Junior Club of the Year
All Saints Toongabbie Tigers Junior Rugby League Football Club are the 2018 nib foundation’s Good Sports Junior Club of the Year.
Meet the All Saints Toongabbie Tigers Junior Rugby League Football Club. They are this year’s nib foundation’s Good Sports Junior Club of the Year. The club has inspired positive change within their community. And most importantly, shaped a brighter future by creating a safer place for juniors to play sport. They has gone above and beyond to expand their female program and make sure both boys and girls feel welcome on the footy field. That’s just one of the reasons they are the recipients of the award this year.
Recruiting female players was the biggest goal
“We knew there was a market there and we used a supportive framework on coaching the basics to attract and retain girls that were coming to training,” says Club Secretary Tim Moggridge.
“It was critical that zero judgement was passed on from other players. This would ensure juniors would return and eventually register to play … we at the Tigers want everyone to feel welcomed and supported. We are a very diverse and community-oriented club.”
Their recruitment and retention campaign this year was a success. 23 teams registered in 2018, from under 6s through to A Grade and Open Women’s. Three girls’ junior teams and more than 100 female players registered as an All Saints Toongabbie Tiger. As a result, the positive change has been felt throughout the club and even led them to victory this year.
“We were lucky enough to secure one grand final win via our under 12s, who took out the Division 3 competition,” Tim says. “Our under 16 girls were beaten in the grand final but they represented our club extremely well.”
A healthy and inclusive sporting club sending positive messages
It’s not just the Good Sports value of inclusiveness that has resonated strongly with the club. “We joined the program so that we could provide a healthy environment for upcoming super stars,” Tim explains. “We see our club as a starting block for healthy messaging regarding alcohol, smoking and healthy eating. Our promotion over time is making an impact and we are seeing more players choosing water as their preferred choice of beverage. We are also noting that our sideline behaviour has improved by 98%.”
“We have had a strong emphasis on players’ health during the past two seasons. Since joining Good Sports Junior, we’ve been focusing especially on mental health and used ‘Healthy body, healthy mind’ as our motto.”
Celebrating hard work and desire for change
Tim says the prize money from winning this award will be an acknowledgement of many efforts. Most importantly, the hard work and dedication from the club and community.
“This award is a great compliment to all the hardworking volunteers who have strived to change the club’s culture,” he says. “It also shows other local clubs the value of the Good Sports program and lets them know that Tigers are proud and happy to be role models within community sport.”