West Gambier Netball Club has been announced the winner of the Good Sports Rookie Club of the Year Award.
West Gambier was chosen as the national Good Sports Award winner, for inspiring positive change by joining up to the Good Sports program and strengthening the club community. The club receives $1,000 for its achievement.
Since joining Good Sports earlier this year, West Gambier has already reached the highest level of the program, implementing policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport.
The club says Good Sports has helped them to focus on the well being of its members.
“We are most proud of how our club has come together and embraced the changes and are working together to achieve our goals,” Club Treasurer Tracey Kipping said.
“We have gone from having only a hand full of netballers at club teas to ‘packing the house’ when we have netball teas. We have done this by focusing on the children – providing opportunities for them to be at the club and most importantly, to enjoy it while they are there.”
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manages the Good Sports program, praised West Gambier Netball Club, calling the club a community champion.
“West Gambier Netball Club is a true local leader. It should feel incredibly proud of its efforts in building a stronger and more connected community,” Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor said.
In South Australia, Good Sports is funded by the Australian Government, the South Australian Government and the SA Motor Accident Commission. More than 1,100 South Australian clubs are part of the Good Sports community.
“Community sporting clubs are becoming healthier and more family-friendly through Good Sports. We invite more clubs to join the program, so they too can benefit,” Dr Lalor said.
“We know running a community sporting club is hard work. That’s why the Good Sports team is committed to guiding clubs through the Good Sports program, making it easier for already busy volunteers to implement.”
For more information about Good Sports visit www.goodsports.com.au