Healthy Sports Clubs

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 can be strengthened.

How was Healthy Sports Clubs 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 Sport Clubs FrameworkHealthy 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.

Health Areas

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:

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Inclusion
Mental Wellness
Injury Prevention
Healthy Food & Beverages
Preventing Drug Harm
Smoke-free Clubs
Physical Activity & Active Recreation
Responsible Alcohol Consumption
Sun Protection

Registered Clubs

Cardinia Shire:

Upper Beaconsfield Cricket Club – recognised for Injury Prevention and working on Mental Wellness
Officer Kangaroos Junior Football Club – working on Injury Prevention
Officer Tennis Club – recognised for Mental Wellness and working on Inclusion (CALD)
Catani Netball Club – recognised for Mental Wellness and working on Injury Prevention
Officer Cricket Club – working on Mental Wellness
Nar Nar Goon Netball Club – recognised for Mental Wellness and Smoke Free Clubs, working on Injury Prevention
Officer City Soccer Club – recognised for Healthy Food & Beverages (level 1) and Smoke Free Clubs
Lang Lang Cricket Club – recognised for Smoke Free Clubs and working on Sun Protection
Pakenham Lions Netball Club – recognised for Mental Wellness
Pakenham Eels Rugby League Club – working on Inclusion (general)
Koo Wee Rup Netball Club – recognised for Mental Wellness

City of Casey:

Hampton Park United Sparrows Football Club – Recognised for Healthy Food & Beverages (level 1) and Inclusion (Women & Girls)
Casey Netball Association – working on Mental Wellness, Healthy Food & Beverages, Injury Prevention, Physical Activity & Active Recreation, Smoke Free Clubs and Sun Protection
Cranbourne South Tennis Club – working on Inclusion (CALD)
Devon Meadows Tennis Club – working on Inclusion (CALD)
Doveton Tennis Club – working on Inclusion (CALD)
Endeavour United Soccer Club – working on Smoke Free Clubs

City of Greater Dandenong:

Victorian Masters Athletics Springvale/Noble Park – recognised for Healthy Food and Beverages (level 3)
Noble Community Tennis Club – working on Inclusion (CALD)
South Eastern Titans Rugby League Club – working on Mental Wellness
Noble Park Junior Football Club – working on Smoke Free Clubs

Vic Kids Eat Well

Healthy Sports Clubs is supporting Vic Kids Eat Well, an exciting new Victoria-wide movement focused on boosting healthy food and drink options in the places kids spend their time, including sports clubs.

Vic Kids Eat Well is supported by the Victorian Government and is delivered by Cancer Council Victoria’s Achievement Program, in partnership with Nutrition Australia’s Healthy Eating Advisory Service.

If clubs choose to work on the Healthy Food and Beverages area of Healthy Sports Clubs, we will automatically register them for the Vic Kids Eat Well initiative. The Heathy Food & Beverages targets in Healthy Sports Clubs are aligned to the Vic Kids Eat Well actions, enabling sports clubs to benefit from the incentives offered from both initiatives. Such incentives include vouchers for kitchen equipment suppliers, healthy fundraising packs, entry into the Vic Kids Eat Well awards and state-wide promotion.

To learn more about Vic Kid Eat Well, head to  www.vickidseatwell.health.vic.gov.au.
To register for Vic Kids Eat Well, contact your Monash Health health promotion practitioner.

News and Events

The Prevention Health Blog is Supporting Healthier Sports Clubs

Cardinia Shire Council and Healthy Sports Clubs ‘Mental Health Project’ a Finalist for the Vicsport Awards!

Upper Beaconsfield Cricket Club in the spotlight in the local paper!

The Prevention Health blog celebrates Creating Healthy Sports Clubs in the South East

The National Tribune Jumps into Healthy Sports Clubs in Casey

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Contact Us

General Enquiries:
Cassandra Crothers-Swensson
e: Cassandra.Crothers-Swensson@monashhealth.org

City of Greater Dandenong:
Emma Schilg & Cassandra Crothers-Swensson
e: Emma.Schilg@monashhealth.org  &   Cassandra.Crothers-Swensson@monashhealth.org

City of Casey:
Emma Schilg
e: Emma.Schilg@monashhealth.org

Cardinia Shire:
Cassandra Crothers-Swensson
e: Cassandra.Crothers-Swensson@monashhealth.org

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