Good Sports Program
Good Sports is a national sport development initiative of the Australian Drug Foundation that enhances the critical role community sporting clubs play in their communities. The program helps clubs to change their culture so it is more focused on young people and families and less on the consumption of alcohol at high risk levels.
The Good Sports Program has been proven to improve club management practices, reduce the dependence on revenue generated by the sale of alcohol, increase club sponsorship revenue and to lift participation rates. An independent evaluation of Good Sports, conducted by La Trobe University in 2003, showed Good Sports provided the following benefits for community sporting clubs:
- New culture attracts families and juniors
- Growth in memberships and juniors teams
- More people socialising at clubs
- New revenue streams
- Changes in behaviour of members
- Improved relationships with parents, Police, etc.
- Contributes to ‘duty of care’ of players, supporters and members
The Program is free for clubs to participate in and is supported by the Qld Government and Gold Coast City Council. Clubs are encouraged to register with the program on line at www.goodsports.com.au or by contacting Lachlan.Sherrington@adf.org.au or 0430 382 995. All sports are welcome to join in the program.
To find out if your club is participating in the Good Sports Program, log on to the website and search for participating clubs.
This initiative is supported by the Gold Coast Community Safety Executive Forum.