Glenorchy junior footy filled with “Good Sports”

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GLENORCHY District Junior Football Club has been crowned Good Sports Rookie Club of the Year at the national Good Sports Awards in Canberra.

Good Sports clubs from across the country were honoured at Parliament House for their commitment to building healthy and inclusive environments, where members look out for one another around alcohol and tobacco, safe transport, healthy eating, mental health and positive spectator behaviour.

Glenorchy District Junior Football Club was named Good Sports Rookie Club of the Year for being a new member of the Good Sports program that is inspiring positive changes.

It received $1000 for the achievement.

Glenorchy District Junior Football Club treasurer Kelly Males credited the Good Sports program for helping to strengthen a positive and welcoming club culture.

“Across Hobart’s northern suburbs, we work with an incredibly diverse group of young men and women,” she said.

“We recognise that our football club is a place for this diversity to come together and being an inclusive and accessible club is at the core of our mission.

“At the start of 2019, we as a club made a concerted commitment to improving and strengthening the culture at our club.

“As rookies, we wanted to work closely with Good Sports to ensure we were giving our players, families and wider community the best possible experience.”

Having already reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, Glenorchy District Junior Football Club has implemented policies around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport.

The club is committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for junior players, as well as promoting healthy food and drinks.

Additionally, the club has implemented an illegal drugs policy.

The Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Richard Colbeck, represented the Australian Government at the awards.

He praised the winners and finalists, calling them “community champions.”

“All of the Good Sports Awards finalists should feel incredibly proud of their efforts in building strong, inclusive and healthy environments,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Sporting clubs are the beating heart of many communities.

“Clubs that role-model healthy behaviours play an important role in reducing and preventing harms from alcohol and other drugs.”

In Tasmania, Good Sports is funded by the Australian Government and the State Government.

Managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Good Sports is Australia’s largest and longest-running health initiative in community sport.

A full list of the 2019 Good Sports Awards winners and finalists can be found on the Good Sports website at

Caption: Glenorchy District Junior Football Club members, from left, Gerard Malla, Paul Kennedy, Sebastian Michalowski, Brandon Oates and Jack Males.

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