Victory for Victorian Clubs at the 2019 Good Sports Awards
Three of Victoria’s best community sports clubs were proudly celebrated at the national Good Sports Awards, held at Parliament House in Canberra. Good Sports clubs from all around Australia were recognised for their passionate dedication to building healthy and inclusive environments. Their successes were all due to encouraging club members to look out for one another. Having policies around alcohol and tobacco management, safe transport, healthy eating, mental health and positive spectator behavior were also key.
A sports environment where everyone can get involved
Geelong Rangers Soccer Club was crowned Victorian Good Sports Club of the Year. Secretary Lisa Brooks credited the Good Sports program for its support in strengthening the club’s inclusive culture. “Geelong Rangers Soccer Club believes that everyone should have the opportunity to take part in sport. The Good Sports Program helps us maintain a safe, all-inclusive, friendly environment where everyone can get involved,” Ms Brooks said.
Geelong Rangers Soccer Club has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program. Implementing policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport. They commit to providing a supportive environment for junior players. They also work hard at promoting healthy food and drinks.
Passionate about inclusion, Geelong Rangers Soccer Club welcomes players from refugee backgrounds. They waive full registration fees for members who are unable to afford the cost of playing. The club was one of the inaugural clubs in the All Abilities League in Geelong and has recently introduced a new soccer program in conjunction with Sporting Network for Autistic Players and Parents (SNAPP) and Football Victoria.
An effective vehicle to deliver a strong road safety message
Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club is excited to be Good Sports’ very first Safe Transport Club of the Year. “Too many people lose their lives on the road in our area. Our community recognises that Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club is an effective vehicle to deliver safety messages. Particularly for young people and families,” said Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club President, Bruce Moon.
Leading real change at their club
Frankston District Netball Association is a deserving Good Sports Award finalist for leading real change at their club. President, Corinna Whitnell says being a part of the Good Sports program has benefitted the Association, both on and off the court. “Our mission is to enrich our community through the sport of netball. We see ourselves as having a platform from which to engage with, educate and empower our members in a wide range of areas important to our community,” Ms Whitnell said.
Having reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, Frankston District Netball Association has implemented policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport. Additionally, the association is committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for its youngest players through the Good Sports Junior program. “Good Sports has expanded our thinking beyond the court,” Ms Whitnell added.
Frankston District Netball Association also has a strong focus on community connectedness. They work closely with local sporting clubs, local government and health services. The Association prides itself on strong volunteer retention achieved through its connected and friendly club culture.