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“We look to Good Sports to ensure we are ‘getting it right’, to develop policies and access resources as we proactively address new and old societal issues. We thank Good Sports for giving us the tools to create a safe and inclusive environment.”

Lauren Driscoll

Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club (VIC)

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“The Good Sports program allows us to maintain our governance to a high standard but also gives us access to an extensive range of resources. As volunteers our time is a commodity and the ease with which we can adopt and adapt policies allows us to spend time with our members and play ball!”

Lance Godwin

Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association (NT)

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“We joined Good Sports in 2005 and the program has helped us move forwards in leaps and bounds. Using Good Sports resources, we have been able to implement policies and procedures around the service of alcohol and shift our fundraising revenues. These changes have led to increases in membership, income and an overall positive attitude throughout the club.”

Shane Hine, President

Redpa Football Club (TAS)

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Good Sports - Australia’s largest community health sports program – has been helping build strong community sporting clubs across Australia for over 20 years.

Being part of Good Sports shows your community that your club is a welcoming place, helping to bring in and keep members and volunteers. It can also help you comply with legal requirements, and you’ll get free access to program staff, tools and resources.

Today almost 10,000 clubs are proud to be a part of the Good Sports team. 

There’s no cost to join Good Sports - it’s free for all community sporting clubs in Australia. That means your club’s all-important funds stay in your club!

Nearly 10,000 Australian clubs are using the Good Sports program’s free, online tools and resources that focus on alcohol management, smoking regulations, mental health, illegal drugs and safe transport. We also help you establish a great environment for juniors to play the sport they love. Together, this helps create a safe, welcoming, family friendly environment.

Sporting clubs that role-model healthy behaviours are leaders in their community, playing an important role to prevent and reduce harms from alcohol and other drugs.

Alcohol is Australia’s most widely used recreational drug, with one in five Australians drinking at risky levels.

We work with a variety of clubs; from those with a liquor license, those where alcohol is only consumed occasionally, to clubs that are completely alcohol and smoke-free.

Clubs from over 70 sporting codes, in all states and territories are part of Good Sports. Any and every sporting code is welcome. Good Sports clubs range from football, netball, cricket, and athletics – all the way to gymnastics, dance, equestrian and dragon boating.

Being part of Good Sports shows your community that your club is a welcoming place, helping to bring in and keep members and volunteers. It can also help you comply with legal requirements, and you’ll get free access to program staff, tools and resources.

We know your club is the most important thing. The program is designed to ensure you have time to give your all to your club, without unnecessary or complicated paperwork.

Joining is easy and only takes a few minutes. Head to our Join Now page and register your details. You’ll then receive a confirmation email, where you can login and create an account for your club.

The online portal is simple and easy to use. It outlines the steps you need to take. Good Sports clubs have told us that it’s clear what’s expected from them and easy to find further information. This has enabled them to sign off their first policy quickly.

The program is tailored to reflect each club’s situation, so you can work through it at your own pace. You can use Good Sports on your phone or tablet, anytime and anywhere.

The Good Sports program is designed for busy volunteers. The time commitment is low - generally you only need to dedicate a few hours per year to progress your policy and keep them up to date. 

The time needed to complete your policy will change based on the needs of your club. It will also depend on how many aspects of the program you already have in place. This could include alcohol management, smoke free areas, mental health support and safe transport planning. You can progress at the pace that suits you.

Your Good Sports policy is your document that outlines your club commitments. For example, the part of your policy covering tobacco management outlines the actions your club will take regarding smoking (designating a smoke-free area at your club and putting up signage). It also covers the expectations you have for members and guests (not smoking in the smoke-free area).

A policy puts everything in writing. Even if you’re already doing all the actions outlined in the policy, signing it off with your committee makes it official. It shows your members, guests, and potential sponsors that your club is a welcoming place, and that you care about their health and safety. In some cases, a policy will also prepare your club to respond to any issues that may occur and gives you a procedure to follow.

Good Sports also takes the work out of writing your own policy. 

Yes, the program is relevant for all Australian sports clubs. With a policy covering mental health support, smoking management, and illegal drugs Good Sports helps all clubs to get prepared for any issues before they occur. 

Sporting clubs that role-model healthy behaviours are leaders in their community, playing an important role to prevent and reduce harms from alcohol and other drugs. Even if alcohol isn’t consumed or sold at your club, being a part of the program helps your club be a role model and leader in your local area.

Joining the program also shows members, volunteers, potential members and volunteers, and sponsors that you care about the health, safety and wellbeing of members and guests.