Good Sports Program
Coniston Junior Soccer Club has embraced an innovative program to help sustain a successful future both on and off the field.
Good Sports is a national program, which helps our club to develop a safer and healthier community through the responsible management of alcohol.
This program is about working with community sporting clubs to reduce alcohol related harm – whether they have a liquor license or not – and about bringing back families to community sport.
Good Sports has proven successful in bringing families back to sport by:
- addressing liquor licensing laws through responsible service of alcohol (RSA) courses,
- developing safe transport strategies for members,
- current and prospective sponsorship management
- influencing young players behaviour,
- implementing smoke-free clubrooms,
- removing the focus on alcohol with alternative fundraising prizes, and
- Giving clubs an accreditation recognized nationally, which assists when clubs seek local or state grants
In line with this program, our club has the following policies:
- Alcohol is not permitted at the Coniston Junior Soccer Club grounds or clubhouse
- Alcohol will not be used in any prizes or raffle
- Smoking is not permitted within the fence line of the Coniston Junior Soccer Club grounds.
Our continued partnership with Good Sports has enabled our Club to receive Level 2 accreditation.
Good Sports is funded by a number of government and corporate bodies with the Southern Region Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) a major supporter of the program in the Illawarra. There are now 38 clubs engaged in the Good Sports program in the Illawarra region, a figure that is growing every week.
Alcohol remains one of the major causes of preventable death and illness in New South Wales.