Alcohol.Think Again Senior Club Programs
Senior Club Program - Country
The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) encourages all cricket clubs in WA to practice and promote good health and wellbeing and drive behavioural change within those clubs.
The Alcohol.Think Again Club Senior Club Program, managed by the WACA, 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 to provide incentives to clubs to improve the health and wellbeing of 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.
All new clubs enrolling into the program during the 2019-20 Season will be eligible for incentives valued up to $350.
To take part in the Senior Club Program and be eligible for these incentives, clubs will need to be accredited as a minimum Level 1 Good Sports club.
Clubs enrolling into the program will need to progress through a three-level Good Sports accreditation system, focusing on standards of alcohol management. By completing the Good Sports accreditation, clubs will not only see the benefits in the club, but also on the pitch. Good Sports will assist clubs to understand what is required to achieve accreditation, starting with small changes right through to policy development and implementation.
Good Sports Level 1
Setting the Foundation
- Attain a liquor license for your club, if required
- Train members in Responsible Service of Alcohol
- Promote your involvement in Good Sports
Good Sports Level 2
Supporting the Change
- Put in place a safe transport policy
- Encourage safe celebrations
- Consider new revenue streams that don’t include alcohol promotion
Good Sports Level 3
Making it Official
- Create and put in place an alcohol management policy
By completing levels 1-3, clubs will reach the top of the Good Sports program and continue to maintain their level 3 status, creating opportunities for more participants, spectators and sponsors, along with a greatly improved environment for children and families.
Good Sports will work with your club to build a healthier environment by:
- 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 clubs 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
Makes your club safer
Providing responsible service of alcohol for members will help to reduce risky drinking and promote a healthy club environment.
Positions your club as a leader
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.
More funding opportunities
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.
Staying ahead of the game
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.
Plenty of support
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.
T: 08 9340 0815
For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact your local Regional Cricket Manager:
South West - Rachel Norman | Mob: 0422 939 172
Great Southern - Tim Edmunds | Mob: 0436 925 160
Mid-West - Ryan Hosking | Mob: 0429 107 963
Wheatbelt - Melinda Lucas | Mob: 0429 201 216
Goldfields - Chris Secker | Mob: 0428 423 809
Information on Good Sports accreditation can be found at goodsports.com.au
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should my club enrol in the program?
Enroling 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.
How will taking part in the program benefit my club?
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.
The local pub is our sponsor, does this affect our eligibility for the program?
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.
Does this policy mean zero alcohol at club matches and events?
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.
Is my club eligible to take part?
All regional senior cricket clubs and associations are eligible to take part in this program.
Terms & Condition’s
Clubs that have signed up to the Alcohol.Think Again Senior Club Program in previous years are still eligible to enter if they have completed and advanced at least 1 level of the Good Sports accreditation in the current season.
The prize money must be used to improve the club, for example new equipment, education or infrastructure improvement.
The Club Improvement Fund opens at 12:00am on Friday 1 November 2019 and closes at 11:59 pm on Monday 2 March 2020. The winner will be announced on 1 April 2020 and will be notified by phone and by email.