Chang­ing our club cul­tures

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

A new pi­lot project in Mid Can­ter­bury is aim­ing at mak­ing sports clubs more fam­ily friendly through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of al­co­hol harm re­duc­tion strate­gies.

The Ash­bur­ton Com­mu­nity Al­co­hol and Drug Ser­vice (ACADS) is be­hind the project, Game On, which looks at ev­ery­thing from the ins and outs of the Sale and Sup­ply of Al­co­hol Act and the so­cial harms as­so­ci­ated with al­co­hol, to club cul­tures.

The project con­sists of two work­shops be­ing fa­cil­i­tated with the sports clubs and an ac­cred­i­ta­tion process af­ter the work­shops have been com­pleted.

Work­shop one is for club com­mit­tees, bar staff and club man­age­ment and con­sists of a re­fresher on the Sale and Sup­ply of Al­co­hol Act and the so­cial harms as­so­ci­ated with al­co­hol, fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion on the club’s al­co­hol poli­cies.

Work­shop two cov­ers the per­sonal harms re­lat­ing to risky al­co­hol con­sump­tion and the club cul­ture.

ACADS health pro­moter Ta­nia Scott said it’s a project they’re ex­cited to bring to the dis­trict.

‘‘The Health Pro­mo­tion Agency has pro­vided funds to en­able us to do this project. We also be­lieve this project will con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing al­co­hol re­lated harm in our com­mu­nity and we ap­plaud and ac­knowl­edge the two lo­cal clubs for step­ping for­ward and be­ing in­volved in the project,’’ Scott said.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the work­shops there are four lev­els of ac­cred­i­ta­tion avail­able for clubs. Level one can mostly be achieved by com­ply­ing with the club’s liquor li­cence con­di­tions, and the lev­els get more in­volved as they progress.

ACADS is be­gin­ning the project with two clubs, Rakaia and South­ern, and on Tues­day night held a work­shop with Rakaia. Rakaia is al­ready im­ple­ment­ing new strate­gies into the club and this week’s work­shop saw four speak­ers present – a lo­cal doc­tor, phys­io­ther­a­pist, nutri­tion­ist and a speaker from Cat­a­pult, Emma Hold­er­ness.

Hold­er­ness is pre­sent­ing ses­sions on cul­tural change to clubs. She has spent the past four years work­ing as a de­vel­op­ment con­sul­ta­tion and lead­er­ship coach, and prior to that spent time in the pub­lic sec­tor as a se­nior learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment ad­vi­sor.

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