Prospect District Pirates are transport safe and proud
Prospect District Cricket Club are proud of their club history. They have competed in the South Australian Cricket League for nearly a century. The club were also proud runners-up in the 2019 Good Sports Awards Road Safety Category.
“Our club has included many international and state representatives over the years. Like many community cricket clubs, we’re creating pathways for future champions,“ says Club President Dave Callan. “We also recognise that our playing group of young men are statistically most at risk of harms, including accidents on our roads. We have a duty, particularly among senior members, to provide guidance and advice to keep our players safe.”
PROMOTING SAFE TRANSPORT
The Pirates, as the club are known, have initiated several strategies to reduce the risk of road accidents among their players. These include encouraging players to travel together and a free call service for taxis with numbers clearly displayed. It also includes free club transport and free non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers.
The club see their Good Sports Safe Transport Policy as an effective way to deliver road safety messages. They display it in their bar and in their players handbook and promoting it on their website, annual report and newsletters. The club also regularly post safe transport reminders on their social media pages. Particularly prior to match days.
“We also strongly discourage the use of mobile phones and devices on match days”, adds Dave. “Not only during playing time but also before and after matches, so that players don’t get distracted. They can focus on supporting their teammates and getting to and from matches safely.”
A POSITIVE OUTLOOK AT PROSPECT DISTRICT CRICKET CLUB
Dave is positive about the club’s future, post COVID-19. “Fortunately, we’re in a good position financially. Although we’ll certainly miss some of the funding that cricket clubs get via peak bodies. We may also need to explore alternative fund-raising ideas. Depending on how state restrictions affect our bar and clubrooms on match days. We’re also encouraging our members to continue supporting the local businesses that have sponsored the club. We want to show our gratitude during tough times for them.”
“Disappointingly, we may not be able to get any overseas players here in time for the start of the next season. We’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out.”
“But overall, I’m really proud of how supportive our club community has been during these last few months. We really focus on everybody’s wellbeing and safety here. That certainly shines through in the way our members have responded to the current health crisis.”