Alcohol and Drug Foundation open annual Good Sports Awards

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The Alcohol and Drug Foundation announce that nominations are still open for this year's national Good Sports Awards.

Clubs in the Barossa, Light and Gawler regions are encouraged to enter the awards, which shine the spotlight on community sporting clubs and volunteers that go above and beyond to build healthy and inclusive club environments.

"The Good Sports Awards celebrate the clubs and people that are passionate about community, their members and making their club the very best it can be," ceo Dr Erin Lalor explained.

Entering the awards is easy, and clubs may qualify for multiple categories.

This year's categories are:

  • Club of the Year
  • Club Champion
  • Healthy Eating Club of the Year
  • Healthy Minds Club of the Year
  • Junior Club of the Year
  • Safe Transport Club of the Year
  • Rookie Club of the Year
  • Tackling Illegal Drugs Club of the Year

Nominations close at midnight on Monday, September 30 and can be submitted via the Good Sports website.

Winners will be announced in November at a ceremony in Canberra.

Background

Good Sports is nationally funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

The core program offers clubs free tools, resources and practical support to implement policies around alcohol management, tobacco, and safe transport.

"Good Sports is working with than 9500 community sports clubs across Australia to build a healthier sporting nation," Dr Lalor said.

"Community sporting clubs that role-model healthy behaviours are leaders in their community and play an important role in reducing and preventing harms from alcohol and other drugs."

"Good Sports is proven to reduce risking drinking at participating clubs by 37 per cent and has seen a reduction of alcohol-related accidents among Good Sports club members and supporters by 42 per cent.

"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," Dr Lalor added.

For nomination forms and for more information, visit goodsports.com.au/awards/.