NSW Surf Clubs Leading The Way In Responsible Alcohol Management

Surf Life Saving NSW has been praised for its work as leaders in reducing the link between alcohol and sport in the community.

Surf Clubs in NSW have the highest percentage of participating sporting clubs in the state in best practices for alcohol management according to the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF).

More than 55% of surf clubs in NSW are actively engaged in the Good Sports program, a national initiative of the ADF developing safer and healthier communities by enabling sporting clubs to change their systems and practices around the responsible service of alcohol.

The process of joining the program is simple; go to the Good Sport's website and register the club's details then a Project Officer will be in contact to arrange a meeting with the club and go through the first stages of becoming accredited in the program.

NSW ADF Manager, John Reid, says that Surf Clubs in NSW are really leading the way in emphasizing a healthy sporting club culture.

“SLSNSW has shown great leadership to the whole sporting environment in NSW by supporting the Good Sports Program and congratulations are due to all those clubs who have become accredited. Considering the importance of outdoor and water activities in this country, it is vital that a culture of care, safety and responsibility exists in surf lifesaving clubs.

"Sport in this country needs leadership and SLSNSW has shown they are at the forefront. Good Sports salutes them and invites all clubs not part of the Good Sports program to register online.“

The Hunter, Central Coast and Lower North Coast (LNC) branches are leading the way in NSW with all 34 clubs earning accreditation with the program with Cape Hawke SLSC (near Forster) being the latest club to reach the highest level (level 3) of accreditation in the program.

Paul Scott, Cape Hawke SLSC President, said that Good Sports was really helping to promote positive messages to members, families and the community.

“With surf lifesaving having such a strong commitment to our members, particularly our juniors and young families, it’s good to know that we are sending the right message to our kids and the community.

“It is the responsibility of all members to make sure we do the right thing when drinking and enjoying ourselves. I’d encourage all surf clubs to consider the benefits that can flow to your members and the community, and sign up to the Good Sports program.”

SLSNSW aims to have all clubs in NSW registered with the program by the end of the upcoming season.

For clubs interested in joining the program please visit www.goodsports.com.au

Mon 24 Jun 2013