Changing our club cultures
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.