Sports clubs play a vital role in our community and are an important place for positive healthy change.
Healthy Sports Clubs encourages clubs to create healthier environments that promote good health and wellbeing. The initiative is built around a framework that focuses on a whole club approach. It brings together existing health and wellbeing efforts and looks at how they be strengthened.
How was Healthy Sports Club developed?
The development of Healthy Sports Clubs has been led by Monash Health with strong support from Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong .
The collaborative partnership has ensured Healthy Sports Clubs is based on key learnings from the health and sport industries, best practice approaches and is evidence informed.
How does it work?
Healthy Sports Clubs shows how the health and wellbeing of club officials, members, players, their families and the wider community can be supported through a whole club approach. This framework is a continuous improvement cycle that keeps clubs improving in health and wellbeing.
The whole of club approach addresses three components that make up a club: club connections, club culture and club environment. They are important and support whole of club health and wellbeing.
Clubs receive ongoing localised support and a suite of resources to progress through the initiative. All clubs will move through the stages of commit, create, initiate and celebrate at their own pace.
There are 9 different health areas as part of Healthy Sports Clubs. Clubs can pick health areas that they are already focusing on, or they can pick an area that is perhaps more challenging and needs improving, it is their choice. The nine health areas are:
- Healthy Food and Beverage
- Sun Protection
- Active Recreation
- Smoke free clubs
- Responsible Alcohol Consumption
- Injury prevention
- Preventing drug harms
- Mental wellbeing
City of Casey:
Berwick Little Athletics Club – Recognised for Sun Protection
Upper Beaconsfield Cricket Club – Recognised for Injury Prevention
Pakenham Junior Football Club- working on Healthy Food and Beverages
Pakenham Senior Football Club- working on Sun Protection
City of Greater Dandenong:
Springvale Little Athletics Club – working on Healthy Food and Beverages
Victorian Masters Athletics Springvale/Noble Park – working on Healthy Food and Beverages
In the Media
Check out the Upper Beaconsfield Cricket Club celebrating the completion of the Injury Prevention health area in the local paper!
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