7th March, 2024 — Good Sports awards

Stafford Squash Club crowned QLD Club of the Year

Stafford Squash Club was crowned Good Sports 2023 Queensland Club of the Year for its efforts in adopting practices and strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of their members, inspiring positive change and building a healthier, inclusive club environment.

Club President, Dr Jeff Smith, said being part of Good Sports has improved member well-being and boosted the club's image, helping to attract funding, and new members and volunteers.

“Good Sports has played a crucial role in preventing alcohol and other drug-related harms at our club, providing valuable resources and training to increase awareness of harms and encourage responsible behaviour,” Jeff said.

Hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation at Parliament House, Canberra in February 2024, the Awards ceremony recognised Good Sports clubs and their dedicated volunteers from across the country who are passionate about community, their members and making their club the very best it can be.

A welcoming, community space

“The Good Sports program has not only improved our approach to alcohol and drug-related issues but has also strengthened the overall sense of responsibility and connectedness within the club.”

Squash Centre Coordinator, Celine Culpeper, said the club is committed to creating a safe, engaged and connected environment for all, both on and off the court.

“Stafford Squash Club is a welcoming space for people of all backgrounds and skill levels – we actively encourage participation from juniors to seniors and provide opportunities for those facing hardships” Celine said.

Beyond the courts, club members engage in communal meals, events, and collaborative initiatives. This strengthens social bonds and fosters a genuine sense of belonging.

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