28 January 2014
Community sports clubs across Sydney have committed to breaking the link between alcohol and sport with 400 clubs now accredited as part of the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program.
Good Sports works with clubs to help them provide safe and healthy environments for families to play sport through the responsible management of alcohol. More than 6,000 clubs are involved with the program around Australia.
In Sydney, the Greystanes Football Club is the 400th club to be accredited, with the program now reaching more than 177,000 Sydneysiders.
Nikki Woolley, Good Sports NSW State Manager, said with alcohol a leading cause of preventable illness and death in Australia, breaking the link between alcohol and sport has never been more important.
“Australians love their sport, and with 25 per cent of us regularly involved in community sport it’s important for clubs to set a good example,” she said. “Alcohol has been a means of both celebrating wins and commiserating losses, and for too long now sport and binge drinking have been closely linked.
“Good Sports is about putting the spotlight back on sport, family and fun – and away from risky drinking. It’s great to see so many clubs in Sydney committing to this change.”
Anita Tinker from Greystanes Football Club said that Good Sports was helping to promote positive messages and examples around alcohol.
“With over 600 members of which two-thirds are juniors, the most significant community focal point for Greystanes FC over its 43 years of operation has been to provide a safe and healthy environment where all family members are given the opportunity to enjoy football,” she said. “Although alcohol consumption at Greystanes FC is very minimal, the club feels strongly about providing an environment that promotes responsible social alcohol consumption and encourages other clubs to do the same through the program."
- People involved in sport drink at 4 to 9 times higher rates.
- Alcohol harm costs Australian more than $15 billion every year.
- According to independent research, the Good Sports program is associated with a reduction in short-term risky drinking of about 10%.
- 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.
- Transport for NSW is the major supporter of Good Sports in NSW, helping Good Sports reduce the incidence of drink-driving and encourage safe driving among young drivers.
- Drink driving is a factor in around one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life.
- In Sydney, there were 3,510 crashes involving alcohol over the five year period 2008‐ 2012. This resulted in 61 fatalities and 2,374 injuries.
- For more information about Good Sports visit www.goodsports.com.au or find us on Facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs