Valuable tips to implement a Healthy Club policy

HAS your club considered putting in place a "Healthy Club" policy?

A Healthy Club policy will reinforce your club's commitment to promotion of health and healthy behaviours, sets guidelines for your club members regarding what to expect from the club and outlines what your club considers unacceptable behaviour.

A Healthy Club policy should address the following areas:

smoking;

alcohol and other drugs;

sun protection;

injury prevention;

healthy eating.

Simple initiatives you can undertake towards a healthier club include:

purchasing shade structures;

first aid equipment;

water bottles;

changing your training schedules to allow for extreme weather;

encouraging members to wear sunscreen and hats; or

arranging a training course for existing or new members on first aid, injury prevention, coaching and umpiring and responsible service of alcohol.

The benefits of implementing healthy initiatives for your club include:

recognition for promoting health and healthy initiatives in your community;

satisfied members and increased membership;

well-educated members;

reassured parents;

fewer and less severe injuries;

lower insurance premiums;

safety as a positive marketing tool for the club; and

responsible and coordinated approach to sport safety.

Well done Dorothy

THERE are so many hard working and dedicated volunteers in the Ipswich sporting community.

It's terrific to see that one of those volunteers was recognised last week by a state sporting organisation.

Dorothy Armstrong, who coordinates the Marburg Mt Crosby Milo In 2 Cricket program as well as the Ipswich T20 Blast program, was awarded the Queensland Cricket volunteer of the month.

Well done Dorothy on all your efforts during the cricket season.