Good Sports Policy
The Good Sports program is an initiative of the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) to develop safer and healthier communities. The program helps sporting clubs manage alcohol responsibly and reduce alcohol related problems such as binge and underage drinking.
Displaying the Good Sports logo sends an important message to club members and the community. It confirms that the club promotes a responsible attitude towards alcohol and that it provides a safe environment for players, members, families and supporters.
The Good Sports program requires accredited clubs to develop policies addressing a smoke-free environment and the responsible management of alcohol amongst other things
The key strategy of Good Sports is the accreditation program.
The three level accreditation criteria consist of a set of alcohol
management standards for clubs that serve and consume alcohol.
Clubs are required to move through the levels in a set amount of
time (maximum 5 years), maintaining all the criteria from previous
levels as they do so.
One of the key benefits to clubs of registering in the free program is the support that they receive in changing culture. A Good Sports Project Officer assists club committee members through the entire process.
The Port Noarlunga S.L.S.C. is a committed supporter of the fundamental philosophies of the programme and embraces healthy and responsible actions outilined within the Good Sports Policies.
Pt Noarlunga SLSC Club
Alcohol Management Policy
The Pt Noarlunga SLSC recognises that :
- alcohol mismanagement and misuse can be hazardous to health and can result in a alcohol-related harm to individuals
- everyone has the right to a safe environment and that as providers of alcohol under a liquor license we have a duty of care to all patrons visiting the club venue and the wider community.
The Pt Noarlunga SLSC recognises the legal responsibilities, financial benefits and social benefits of holding a liquor license in the community. In doing so we will adhere to the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and the Code of Practice.
Accordingly, the following policy requirements shall apply:
- when alcohol is served by the club at the club or during a club function - even if the function is offsite.
- to all members, officials, club visitors, club facilities, club functions and other activities undertaken by the club
The club will ensure that:
- a current and appropriate Liquor License is maintained
- the Liquor License and all legal signage will be displayed at the bar
- the names of RSA trained bar staff will be clearly displayed at the bar
- bar servers are not permitted to consume alcohol when on duty
- information posters about "Standard Drink measures" will be prominently displayed at the bar
- an incident register will be maintained (behind the bar) and any incident will be recorded on the register.
Service of Alcohol
The club will serve alcohol according to the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and the Code of Practice and will ensure:
- only Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) trained people will be permitted to serve alcohol
- the club does not encourage excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol, and thus will not conduct :
- happy hours (unless conditions are approved by the GOOD SPORTS program)
- cheap drink promotions (unless conditions are approved by the GOOD SPORTS program)
- drinking competitions
- "all you can drink" functions
- alcohol only member awards or raffle prizes
- alcohol only drink vouchers
- when serving non pre-packaged alcohol (e.g. drinks in glasses), standard drink measures will be served at all times
- Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated or drunk
- Servers will follow RSA training procedures when refusing service to an intoxicated patron.
- If a patron becomes intoxicated (and is not putting other patrons at risk with their behaviour) they will not be served alcohol but will be provided with water and options for safe transport home from the club (where available).
- If a patron becomes intoxicated (and is putting other patrons at risk due to their behaviour) they will be asked to leave the premises immediately and offered safe transport options (where available).
- Alcohol will not be served to persons aged under 18 years.
- Servers and committee members will ask for proof of age whenever the age of a patron requesting alcohol is in doubt.
- Only the following current photographic Identification (ID cards) will be accepted as proof of age:
1. Driver's License 2. Keypass card
3. Proof of Age Card 4. Passport
The Club recognises that alcohol is not the only revenue stream available and actively encourages the sales of alternative products to that of alcohol.
- Tap water will be provided free of charge
- At least four non-alcoholic drinks and one low-alcohol drink option will always be available and priced at least 10% cheaper than full strength drinks
- "Substantial food" is available when the bar is open for more than 90 minutes or more than 15 people are present. Some examples of "substantial" food that will be provided include:
* Toasted sandwiches
* Pasties / pies in pie warmer
* Salad sandwiches / rolls
* Cold meat platter
* Fruit platter
* Low fat hot dogs
* full meal options
The club recognises that drink-driving is illegal and hazardous to both the wider community and potential offender/s. Accordingly, the Club implements a Safe Transport Policy that is reviewed annually in conjunction with this Alcohol Management Policy.
The presence of a bar manager/committee member is essential to ensure the operation of the bar and alcohol policy compliance. The bar manager or one committee member who is RSA trained are required to be present at all club functions when the bar is open. Key responsibilities of the bar manager/committee members are to:
- Meet visiting police, cooperate and assist with any inquiries
- Ensure the admission of members and guests and completion of the visitor's book
- Ensure persons under 18 years of age are not served alcohol
- Ensure intoxicated people are refused service and are asked to leave the premises
- Ensure compliance with the club policy in accordance with the Liquor Licensing Act 1997
- Ensure any incidents are recorded in the incident register
Policy Communication / Promotion
Effective communication of the club's Alcohol Management Policy is vital in establishing it's acceptance by our patrons, in minimising policy breaches and in providing an environment safe from alcohol-related harm.
The club will promote the Alcohol Management Policy regularly by:
- publishing a copy of the policy in club newsletters, on club notice boards and in printed member/player information
- displaying a copy of the policy in the club social rooms
- periodic announcements to members at functions.
The club recognises the importance of educating club members and players in the benefits of implementing an alcohol management policy and will endeavour to provide timely and relevant information to assist this process.
As one awareness raising and education strategy, all Committee Members, members and volunteers will be provided with an up-to-date copy of the club's Alcohol Management Policy and will be requested to abide by, promote and monitor it's implementation.
All club committee members and other identified club personnel will ensure implementation and monitoring of the Alcohol Management Policy. Any non-compliance will be handled according to the following process:
- explain the club policy to the person/people breaching the policy, including identification of the section of policy not being complied with
- continued non-compliance with the policy should be handled by the club committee member or other identified club personnel using their discretion to decide the appropriate action to be taken. Action may include asking the person/ people to leave the club facilities or function.
The club will monitor and ensure any club trips, particularly after State and Australian Titles, adhere to responsible behaviour and alcohol consumption in accordance with the principles of this policy.
This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains relevant, practical and that it reflects club operations, community expectations and legal requirements.
Policy last reviewed on (10th January 2010)
Club Vice President
Next policy review date is (1st January 2011).