16th February, 2023 — Good Sports awards
Tasmania University Football Club are mental health champions
Tasmania University Football Club won the 2022 Good Sports Mental Health Excellence Award for promoting mental health awareness and undertaking positive activities that strengthen their club community.
On top of that, the club’s apparel and canteen manager Kylee Chivers was named Tasmania’s Good Sports Volunteer of the Year, for going beyond the usual undertakings of a volunteer.
“Our club is driven to grow a community that promotes healthy behaviours for all,” said Club President, Luke Bartulovic.
Hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation at Parliament House, Canberra in February 2023, 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.
Mental health training and support
“Last year, our club formalised our Good Sports policy and instantly put some learnings into practice, by rolling out free metal health first aid training to eight current players, coaches and committee members, to ensure a safe space for anyone experiencing mental health issues,” Luke explained.
The club has organised mental health and wellbeing workshops for coaches, players and community members, as well as creating and holding a match dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues.
They’ve also organised fundraising events for a local mental health charity. This year the club is aiming to introduce a Mental Health Coordinator as part of the club structure.
Tasmania University FC has been congratulated by their local Minister for Parliament.
“Sporting clubs play a vital role in spreading mental health awareness in the community and it’s fantastic to see the UTAS Football Club recognised for the work they are doing in this space as well,” said the Hon. Nic Street MP.
Kylee Chivers wins Volunteer of the Year
Kylee has taken on many roles at the club including committee and volunteering group member, merchandise manager, membership manager and COVID officer.
“Kylee is a vital part of our club. She is often at the ground well before 8am to set up the canteen, clubrooms and ground, before playing. Then she is often one of the last to leave. She’s passionate about our club and providing a safe and inclusive place for everyone,” Luke said.