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Statewide Alcohol.Think Again
Senior Club Program

The WACA feels strongly about assisting cricket clubs in promoting good health and wellbeing, as well as creating a responsible environment for the consumption of alcohol.

alcoholThe Statewide Alcohol.Think Again Club Senior Club Program, managed by WA Cricket, in conjunction with Healthway and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s (ADF) Good Sports program, has been established to aid senior cricket clubs across Western Australia to develop a healthy club culture.

The focus of this program is on the responsible behaviour and service of alcohol and provides incentives to clubs to improve the health and wellbeing of their clubs for their members and supporters. This program has helped to redefine a healthy cricket culture and foster a whole of cricket approach to club health and sustainability.

WA Cricket encourages all cricket clubs in WA to practice and promote good health and wellbeing and drive behavioural change within clubs.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program now has a new online portal and all clubs are encouraged to login or register here (Join Good Sports This Season - Good Sports).

Through the new portal, the program is more streamlined and clubs now work towards becoming a Gold Medal club. There are also new resources for clubs to further strengthen their environment. For clubs who were previously Level1, 2, or 3, you will now need to sign in and answer some extra questions and ensure your policies are up to date. All your previous work has been transferred over. Should your club have any questions regarding the new portal, please reach out to the Good Sports team on the contact details below.

For clubs who are yet to sign up to sign up for the Good Sports program, we encourage all clubs to engage with the ADF (Alcohol & Drug Foundation) and begin the process. It only takes a couple of hours each year to remain accredited.

Program Enrolment

The Good Sports team are ready to assist you. Please call the office on 08 9340 0815, or email Susan Budden at susan.budden@adf.org.au or Melissa Evans at melissa.evans@adf.org.au.

How to log in to the Good Sports portal – Watch video here OR follow the step by step instructions here.

More information on Good Sports can be found at goodsports.com.au


FAQ

  • Assisting your club to review and manage alcohol responsibly and reduce alcohol related problems.
  • Encouraging the review of the alcohol drinking culture in your club.
  • Re-shaping the club environment and encouraging new behavioural norms among players, members and spectators.
  • Reinforcing your club’s commitment to the safe service and consumption of alcohol and the promotion of good health in general.
  • Setting guidelines for members/participants in relation to alcohol and healthy behaviours.
  • Standardising procedures around dealing with any behaviour that falls outside of the stated objectives.
  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of members and others associated within your club.
  • Improving the potential for sustainable behaviour change.

Benefits to your club for taking part in the program

Providing responsible service of alcohol for members will help to reduce risky drinking and promote a healthy club environment.

The Good Sports accreditation is recognition of your club’s important role in the community. By role-modelling positive behaviours, your club will be more family-friendly and can have a lasting impact on the community.

A strong and family-friendly club is attractive to sponsors and funders. Good Sports clubs see an increase in sponsorship dollars and are often looked on more favourably for grant applications.

Good Sports has done the research and know what success looks like. Joining Good Sports is a commitment to making your club the best it can be.

The Good Sports team supports your club to complete the program at your own pace. Every club is different, but most clubs can fulfill the requirements by committing just a few hours a year to the program.


Frequently Asked Questions

Enrolling in the program will:

  • Reinforce your club’s commitment to the safe service and consumption of alcohol and the promotion of good health in general.
  • Set guidelines for members/participants in relation to alcohol and healthy behaviour.
  • Standardise the procedures for dealing with any behaviour that falls outside the stated objectives.
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities of members and others associated with the organisation.
  • Improve the potential for sustainable behaviour change.

Taking part in the program will benefit your club because:

  • It demonstrates your club’s commitment to providing a duty of care to members, spectators and participants.
  • A ‘health promoting’ club will appeal to a broader community.
  • A healthy club sets a good example for young people - parents feel reassured when their children are involved in a club where they are less likely to be exposed to excessive alcohol consumption and other health risks.

No, as we understand sponsorships can be the lifeblood of a club, we don’t want to restrict clubs from sponsorship opportunities. Instead we want clubs to consider how the sponsorship is set up - for example look at promoting the dining facilities instead of drink specials.

No, we’re not asking you to tell your members and supporters not to drink alcohol, instead we’re asking you to think of ways you can act responsibly and have guidelines in place that outline the club’s expectations around alcohol consumption.

All regional senior cricket clubs and associations are eligible to take part in this program.

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