BRIGHTON District Cricket Club has been praised for its strong commitment to building a healthy, family-friendly club environment, through the Good Sports program.
Having reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, Brighton District Cricket Club has implemented policies around alcohol management, tobacco, safe transport, mental health, and healthy eating.
Above and beyond the Good Sports program, Brighton District Cricket Club prides itself on its efforts in encouraging female participation.
“The club is extremely proud of our achievement’s regarding female participation. The 2019/20 season saw our female players represent in Cricket Tasmania’s Premier League 1st grade competition, along with representation in CTPL Development League. Thanks to all the girls who have helped create a pathway for our current and future stars,” said Club President, Scott Arnold.
Brighton District Cricket Club has credited Good Sports for its support in making the club the inclusive and healthy place it is today.
“Good Sports has provided us with the tools to help ensure that our members are in an environment they enjoy, feel safe and feel welcome,” Mr Arnold said.
Managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Good Sports is Australia’s largest preventative health initiative in community sport, working with nearly 10,000 clubs nation-wide. The program offers clubs free tools, resources and practical support to implement policies around alcohol management, tobacco, and safe transport.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation Tasmania Manager, Daniel Vautin applauded the efforts of the Brighton Cricket Club calling the them a community champion.
“Brighton District Cricket Club is a fantastic role-model in community sport and should feel incredibly proud of its strong commitment to building a healthier and more inclusive club,” Mr Vautin said.
Good Sports is proven to reduce risky drinking at participating clubs by 37% and has seen a reduction of alcohol-related accidents among Good Sports club members and supporters by 42%.
Studies have also found that Good Sports has contributed to supporting positive and inclusive community sporting environments.
“Good Sports is building a healthier and more inclusive sporting nation by encouraging systemic changes in club culture to promote long-term positive health outcomes,” Mr Vautin said.“Community sporting clubs right across Australia have the opportunity to join Good Sports. Our staff are committed to guiding clubs through the free program, making it easier for already busy volunteers to implement,” Mr Vautin added.