On 26th June, the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) launched the Good Sports program in the Wollongong City Council local government area.

The Australian Drug Foundation is pleased to announce that, thanks to a funding arrangement with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), a Good Sports Project Officer has been appointed to work with community sports clubs within the Wollongong region. Twenty-five clubs have already registered their interest.

The ADF's Good Sports program has been operating on the NSW South Coast, from Shellharbour to Eden, since 2004, but due to funding restraints has not been available in Wollongong. The program was a key recommendation from the NSW Alcohol Summit, after community sport clubs across NSW were identified as one of the leading incident factors for unlicensed alcohol sales, binge drinking, under-age drinking and drink driving.

Richard Colbran, Good Sports' NSW State Manager, is overjoyed that the program has received the backing of the RTA. "Since 2005 the Australian Drug Foundation has made every effort to secure financial backing so that Good Sports could be implemented in Wollongong. There has been enormous interest in the program and we are thrilled that the RTA has committed funding for a 12-month period so that the program can come to Wollongong. We are confident that the results and community response will highlight the program's value so that longer-term funding can be secured." The Illawarra Football Association is also involved with the Good Sports Program. Manager David Naylor says they wanted to become involved.

"We want to work with clubs to try and give them the opportunity to promote a healthy environment to play sport. By managing alcohol responsibly, the program aims to reduce alcohol-related problems such as binge and under age drinking, violence and drink driving. This then makes the sporting clubs more attractive to families and juniors which can lead to increased membership."

Good Sports is a free community development initiative which assists community sports clubs become stronger and more viable while building safer and more family friendly environments. The program helps sporting clubs manage alcohol responsibly and reduce alcohol related problems such as binge and underage drinking. There are currently over 1,700 Good Sports clubs across the country. Good Sports is supported nationally by the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation and DrinkWise Australia.

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