Clubs aim to be family-friendly

NSW community sporting clubs are leading the way in breaking the link between alcohol and sport with 200 clubs now Level 3 accredited through Good Sports.

Good Sports is a national accreditation program of the Australian Drug Foundation which works to make community sporting clubs healthy, safe and family-friendly environments by reducing alcohol and tobacco-related harms such as drink driving, and violence and aggression.

Through Good Sports, clubs work through three levels of accreditation that identify a range of areas for improving practices including alcohol and tobacco management, safe transport and alternative fund-raising strategies.

Level 3 is the highest of the program with clubs at that level having displayed a strong commitment to changing their culture.

Good Sports NSW state manager Russel Grimson said with alcohol a leading cause of preventable illness and death in Australia, breaking the link between alcohol and sport had never been more important.

“By joining Good Sports and achieving level 3 accreditation, over 200 clubs across NSW are showing their communities the importance they place on the health and wellbeing of their players and members,” he said.

Good Sports is Australia’s largest preventive health program for the community sporting sector, with over 1800 community sporting clubs registered in NSW and more than 6000 involved nationally.

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