Court of good manners
WITH about 5000 players taking the court each Saturday and many more spectators cheering from the sidelines, it would be understandable for the Fremantle Netball Association to experience a few ‘bad sports’ incidents.
Yet the association drew a line in the sand last year and committed to implementing new values through the True Sport campaign, which has led to marked behavioural improvement on and off the courts.
True Sport is based on a core list of eight values and reminding people that what children learn playing sport are the values they take with them off the field.
True Sport is co-ordinated through the State Government’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and has a big supporter in Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.
Last week Fremantle Netball was named the inaugural True Sport Winner at the department’s Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.
FNA spokeswoman Karen Wheatland said the association publicly recognised True Sports this year and used social media, courtside signage, newsletters and its code of conduct to reinforce the messages.
“Complaints of bad behaviour in 2017 have disappeared considerably this year,” spokeswoman Karen Wheatland said.
Other sports have also committed to the True Sport mantra, including the WA Football Commission and Gymnastics WA.
Ice Skating WA, Volleyball WA, Water Polo WA and Squash WA were also early adopters.