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The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has celebrated some of Australia’s best community sporting clubs at this year’s national Good Sports Awards, held today in Melbourne.

The Good Sports Awards recognises the strong clubs and dedicated people who are passionate about community, their members and making their club the very best it can be by building policies around alcohol management, smoking, mental health, illegal drugs and safe transport.

Tasmania’s Glenorchy Basketball Association was crowned Good Sports National Club of the Year for going above and beyond in supporting their local community, not only promoting the sport for all but also raising money to cover equipment costs and membership fees for struggling families.

“Glenorchy Basketball Association have always prioritised a safe and welcoming place for everyone, regardless of their background, race or sexual orientation – and the Good Sports program helps to support us in striving towards this goal,” said Club President Rodney Graham. “Being recognised by Good Sports as the National Club of the Year Award shows us that Glenorchy Basketball Association’s ethos of inclusivity has always been a step in the right direction.”

The club’s focus on inclusivity is demonstrated by their leadership program for junior members with training on bullying, good sportsmanship, alcohol and drug harm, and nutrition – encouraging kids to live the club motto: “Respect all, fear none”, and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

They have also raised over $60,000 for Ronald McDonald House, held mental health training for all members – from management right down to the juniors - and shifted drinking culture among older members to focus on healthier alternatives. Federal Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck congratulated each of the finalists.

“Australian communities are built on local clubs and organisations that have strong and welcoming environments where locals are supported and a passion for competition is ignited,” Minister Colbeck said. “Glenorchy Basketball Association and every incredible Good Sports Awards winner and finalist have demonstrated the impact community sport has in shaping positive, life-long behaviours.”

CEO of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Dr Erin Lalor AM praised this year’s award winners and finalists, calling them community champions. “Every Good Sports Award nominee, finalist and winner should be incredibly proud of their contribution to keeping their community safe on and off the field,” said Dr Lalor. “We hope that the Awards have given clubs an opportunity to reflect on their wins, and celebrate their achievements - especially those clubs who were affected once again by COVID-19 restrictions.”

Good Sports is Australia’s largest community health sports program helping build strong community sporting clubs across Australia for over 20 years. Good Sports is funded nationally by the Australian Government and managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

“Sporting clubs that model healthy behaviours are leaders in their community, and we have over 10,000 Good Sports clubs around Australia playing an important role to prevent and reduce harms from alcohol and other drugs,” Dr Lalor explained.

Good Sports is proven to reduce risky drinking at participating clubs by 37% and has seen a reduction of alcohol-related accidents among Good Sports club members and supporters of 42%.

Good Sports clubs enjoy greater rates of participation from their communities, particularly by women and children.

Find the full list of this year’s Good Sports Awards winners and finalists.

The 2021 national Good Sports Award winners are:

  • National Club of the Year: Glenorchy Basketball Association (TAS)
  • National Volunteer of the Year: Brian Richardson, West Rosebud Bowling and Croquet Club (VIC)
  • Junior Club of the Year: Eagleby Giants Junior Rugby League Football Club (QLD)
  • New Club of the Year: Beechworth Dragon Boat Club (VIC)
  • Mental Health Award: Goodwood Saints Football Club (SA)
  • Safe Transport Award: Pyramid Hill Football and Netball Club (VIC)
  • Staying Connected Award: Natimuk United Football and Netball Club (VIC)

The 2021 ‘Good Sports Club of the Year’ state/territory award winners are:

  • ACT: Western Districts Rugby Union Football Club
  • NSW: Umina United Soccer Club NT: Federal Cricket Club
  • QLD: Eagleby Giants Junior Rugby League Football Club
  • SA: East Torrens Baseball Club
  • TAS: Glenorchy Basketball Association
  • VIC: Monash Demons All Abilities Football Club
  • WA: UWA Boat Club

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There is just one week left for Good Sports clubs to nominate for the Alcohol and Drug Foundation's Good Sports Awards, for a chance to receive cash prizes and national recognition for building healthy and inclusive club environments.

The national Awards shine the spotlight on community sporting clubs and volunteers within the Good Sports program, that are passionate about community, their members and making their club the very best it can be.

“The national Good Sports Awards celebrate Australia’s best local sports clubs and volunteers who work tirelessly to build and maintain healthy and family-friendly environments,” said Alcohol and Drug Foundation CEO, Dr Erin Lalor AM.

“This year we’ve seen many inspirational Good Sports clubs going above and beyond to keep members connected, engaged and healthy, despite coronavirus restrictions. These clubs have shown just how much they really care about their members, and we strongly encourage them to nominate,” Dr Lalor said.

"Even if your club’s season has been cut short this year due to Covid-19, celebrating your wins and achievements is the perfect way to boost club morale and keep members feeling proud and connected,” Dr Lalor added

Entering the Awards is easy, and Good Sports clubs may qualify for multiple categories. Winners will receive $1,000 for their club. This year’s categories are:

  • Club of the Year
  • Club Champion
  • Healthy Eating Club of the Year
  • Healthy Minds Club of the Year
  • Junior Club of the Year
  • Safe Transport Club of the Year
  • Rookie Club of the Year
  • Tackling Illegal Drugs Club of the Year

Nominations close at midnight on 1st of December and can be submitted via the Good Sports website at https://goodsports.com.au/awards/. Winners are set to be announced at a ceremony early next year.

Good Sports is nationally funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. The core program offers clubs free tools, resources and practical support to implement policies around alcohol management, tobacco, and safe transport.

“Good Sports is working withover 10,000 community sports clubs across Australia to build a healthier sporting nation. The program encourages systemic changes in club culture to promote long-term positive health outcomes, Dr Lalor said.

“Community sporting clubs that role-model healthy behaviours are leaders in their community and play an important role in reducing and preventing harms from alcohol and other drugs,” Dr Lalor added.

Good Sports is proven to reduce risky drinking at participating clubs by 37% and has seen a reduction of alcohol-related accidents among Good Sports club members and supporters by 42%.

For more information about Good Sports and the Good Sports Awards visit https://goodsports.com.au or find us on @goodsportsclubs and www.Facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs.

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The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Good Sports team has applauded Glenelg District Cricket Club for its strong efforts in building a healthy and inclusive club environment, including dedicated safe transport initiatives.

Having reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, Glenelg District Cricket Club has implemented policies around alcohol and tobacco management.

The club also supports members to get home safely by organising carpools and designated drives, implementing a safe transport policy, and arranging buses for club functions.

Sponsorship, Fundraising and Grants Manager, Bob Snewin said the club is proud to be taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of their members.

“Our players are fantastic and have all contributed to a great culture at our club where we look out for one another. Having a Good Sports Safe Transport policy in writing just made sense,” Mr Snewin said.

In South Australia, Good Sports is funded by the Australian Government and the South Australian Government through the THINK! Road Safety Partnerships program. Managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Good Sports is Australia’s largest preventative health initiative in community sport, working with over 1200 clubs in South Australia.

“We are a diverse and inclusive club with men’s, women’s and junior teams. The Good Sports program enables our club to be the best it can be and shows our members that we care about their safety and wellbeing,” said Mr Snewin.

To complete the highest level of the Good Sports program clubs must have a Good Sports approved alcohol management policy, provide safe transport options, have trained members in the responsible services of alcohol, ensure non-alcoholic and low alcohol drinks are cheaper than full strength alcoholic beverages, and provide free tap water.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation State Manager, Sally Underdown applauded the efforts of Glenelg District Cricket Club, calling the club a community leader.

“The club is a fantastic community asset and a role-model in community sport and it should feel incredibly proud of its strong commitment to building a healthier and safer club,” Ms Underdown said.

“Every year, more than 35,000 people are seriously injured, and more than 1200 lives are lost on Australian roads. National Road Safety Week reminds drivers, including those from community sporting clubs, that you can make a difference and help make our roads safe,” Ms Underdown added.

Good Sports is proven to reduce risky drinking at participating clubs by 37% and has seen a reduction of alcohol-related accidents among Good Sports club members and supporters by 42%.

Studies have also found that Good Sports has contributed to supporting positive and inclusive community sporting environments.

“Good Sports is building a healthier and more inclusive sporting nation by encouraging systemic changes in club culture to promote long-term positive health outcomes,” Ms Underdown said.

“Community sporting clubs right across Australia have the opportunity to join Good Sports. Our staff are committed to guiding clubs through the free program, making it easier for already busy volunteers to implement,” Ms Underdown added.

For more information about Good Sports visit www.goodsports.com.au or find us on @goodsportsclubs and www.Facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs.

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National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government.

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Community sport representatives from in and around Alice Springs are invited to a Good Sports - Strengthening Club Culture forum to hear how they can build and maintain healthy and family- friendly club environments.

Delivered by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Good Sports team, the community event on Thursday 5th November will also cover:

  • The benefits of having alcohol and other drugs policies
  • What local services and resources are available to support community sporting clubs and their members
  • Practical steps for clubs to manage potential drug-related incidents, should they arise

The upcoming forum will enable community sporting club representatives to come together, build networks in the local area, and receive the information and tailored support they need to address potential issues around alcohol and drugs that may arise,” said the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Northern Territory Manager, Sally Underdown.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program, is Australia’s largest preventative health initiative in community sport, working with nearly 10,000 clubs across the nation.

“Good Sports is proud to be working with more than 200 community sporting clubs across the Territory,” Ms Underdown said.

“Sport builds communities and gives young people and families a positive and enjoyable activity to get involved in. We want to make sure the people behind the scenes who make sport great have all the tools and resources they need to support their members,” Ms Underdown added.

The Good Sports -Strengthening Club Culture forum will run on Wednesday 5th November between 6.00-7.30 pm at Mona’s Lounge at Traeger Park.

For more details and to register for this event please visit this link or email kate.townsend@adf.org.au

Good Sports is federally funded by the Australian Government. With additional funding support from the Northern Territory Government since 2019, the Program is able to support more clubs and communities across the territory.

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