Good Sports Celebrates the Best of the West
Some of Western Australia’s best community sports clubs have been recognised at the national Good Sports Awards, held today at Parliament House in Canberra. Good Sports clubs from Western Australia and across the country were 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.
Helping the club strengthen its positive club culture
Quinns Districts Netball Club was named Western Australia’s Good Sports Club of the Year. President Michelle Martin credits the Good Sports program for helping the club strengthen its positive club culture.
“We were inspired to join Good Sports to provide the safest, most inclusive environment where all members have the opportunity to be involved. We recognise the huge role sporting clubs play in junior development and will give anyone the opportunity to be part of a team, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun,” Ms Martin said.
Passionate about inclusion
Quinns Districts Netball Club has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, implementing policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport. Passionate about inclusion, the club welcomes players from all genders, ages and abilities and provides opportunities for families to become involved in the club.
“Whether a member volunteers as coach, umpire, at the local sausage sizzle or as a regular spectator to games, we want to welcome everyone,” Ms Martin added.
Members from all walks of life and different communities
Ascot Cricket Club was chosen Good Sports West Australian Club of the Year finalist. They were selected for inspiring positive change and building a healthy, family-friendly club environment.
Club Secretary Laree Bastin says since joining the Good Sports program, the club has seen many benefits, both on and off the field.
“We are so proud of our members from all walks of life and different communities. We have players from many, different countries and cultures and cricket brings everyone together. Good Sports has taught us how to include everyone in social occasions. We ensure alcohol is not the main event,” Ms Bastin said.
Ensuring members get home safely
“One of the most surprising benefits came from identifying that we needed to provide. One thing was food for members whilst they are drinking. We took this on board and started providing a free home cooked hot meal every Thursday night at training. It increased our numbers at training which meant better match day performances,” Ms Bastin added.
Since joining Good Sports, the club has also implemented a Safe Transport Policy. Additionally, they use a rideshare app to ensure its members get home safely.
The club also prides itself on being an inclusive environment. A place with junior teams training with senior teams. For the first time this upcoming season will be registering a women’s team into an official WACA league.
In Western Australia, Good Sports is funded by the Australian government and the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA). Managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Good Sports is Australia’s largest and longest-running health initiative in community sport.
“The Good Sports team is proudly working with almost 10,000 community sporting clubs across Australia. There are more than 800 Good Sports clubs in Western Australia,” said Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor AM.
You can find the full list of this year’s Good Sports Awards winners and finalists here.