2019 Good Sports Rookie Club of the Year – Glenorchy District Junior Football Club
Glenorchy District Junior Football Club has been crowned Good Sports Rookie Club of the Year at the national Good Sports Awards in Canberra. Good Sports clubs from across the country were today honoured at Parliament House for their commitment to building healthy and inclusive environments, where members look out for one another around alcohol and tobacco management, safe transport, healthy eating, mental health and positive spectator behavior. This club truly does Tasmania proud!
The club was named Good Sports Rookie Club of the Year for being a new member of the Good Sports program that is inspiring positive changes. It receives $1,000 for its achievement.
Helping to strengthen a positive and welcoming club culture
Treasurer Kelly Males credited the Good Sports program for helping to strengthen a positive and welcoming club culture.
“Across Hobart’s northern suburbs, we work with an incredibly diverse group of young men and women. We recognise that our football club is a place for this diversity to come together and being an inclusive and accessible club is at the core of our mission,” Ms Males said.
“At the start of 2019, we as a club made a concerted commitment to improving and strengthening the culture at our club. As ‘rookies’, we wanted to work closely with Good Sports to ensure we were giving our players, families and wider community the best possible experience,” Ms Males added.
A positive and supportive environment for junior players
Having already reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, Glenorchy District Junior Football Club has implemented policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport.
The club is committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for junior players, as well as promoting healthy food and drinks. Additionally, the club has implemented an illegal drugs policy.
“Sporting clubs are the beating heart of many communities and clubs that demonstrate healthy behaviours are role models for local families and the whole community,” Minister Colbeck added.
In Tasmania, Good Sports is funded by the Australian Government and the Tasmanian Government.
You can find the full list of this year’s Good Sports Awards winners and finalists here.