Wednesday 14 May 2014
The Australian Drug Foundation congratulates the Federal Government on its commitment to help make our sporting clubs better places to be for all Australians.
CEO John Rogerson said the Budget provides $19m over four years for the continuation and expansion of the Australian Drug Foundation's award winning Good Sports program.
"This is a win for preventing alcohol abuse in communities across the country," he said.
"This funding will allow us to continue to help more clubs and communities shift the spotlight away from drinking and back onto sport," he said.
"We know sports clubs are somewhere we can significantly reduce binge drinking, as people who regularly participate in organised sport are 4-9 times more likely to drink at 'at risk' levels," said Maree Sidey, General Manager of Good Sports.
"We are already reaching more than 1.8 million Australians with our proven grassroots sports club alcohol management program - and this funding will allow us to reach three million people, more than half of our Australian sporting community," she said.
A recent poll of 1000 Australian parents conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation found 87% of parents would be more likely to choose a sports club or code for their child if it manages alcohol responsibly. By creating safe and healthy sports clubs we can break the unhealthy link between alcohol and sport in Australia.
"Preventing alcohol problems in our community means reducing the future burden on our health and emergency services as well as helping Australians live healthier and happier lives. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Federal Government to tackle this important issue," John Rogerson said.
The Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sports program also receives funding from all state and territory governments.
For more information or to find a Good Sports club near you - go to Goodsports.com.au or www.facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs
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