Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club – Good Sports VIC Club of the Year
Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club is Victorian Good Sports Club of the Year. They strive to be a strong, healthy, and family-friendly club.
“Our focus is sport and strengthening our community”
Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club, partnering with the Heathcote and District Football Netball League, has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program. Additionally, the club has management policies dealing with alcohol, tobacco and safe transport.
“We want people to know that our focus is sport and strengthening our community, not drinking. We serve alcohol in a safe, responsible manner,” said Club Secretary Melissa Nihill.
Passion and connectivity
Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club says it is all passion and connectivity. Melissa says those are the Good Sports values their club represent. The club’s hometown has the smallest population (2,203 as of 2016) in its league. Due to that, they network and grow despite not even having a township. The club says generations of loyal families continue to play. Also, Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club members also regularly volunteer and promote the club.
“Our club is proud of our volunteers. Because they help us remain sustainable,” Melissa says. Certainly this a real achievement “given the barriers with our demographic”.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manages the Good Sports program, praised Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club, calling the club a community ‘leader’.
In Victoria, Good Sports is funded by the Australian Government and Transport Accident Commission Victoria. Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club are a remarkable club, and one of over 2,700 Victorian Good Sports clubs.