The Healthy Club program offers sponsorships to sport clubs in exchange for the implementation of health policies, increased participation and reach into new target groups.
The healthy club sponsorship program was instigated in 1995, through Sports Medicine Australia with funding from Healthway. The program offers sponsorships to sport clubs in exchange for the implementation of health policies, increased participation and reach into new target groups.
A Healthy Club is an organisation that is well managed and provides a healthy and safe environment for players, coaches, officials and spectators. Characteristics of a Healthy Club may include: having smoke free areas, healthy food options available, a sun protection policy and practices in place, a safe training/playing environment, responsible service of alcohol and a ban on the use of illicit drugs and performance enhancing drugs.
From an administrative perspective, a Healthy Club is incorporated, has an efficient/effective administration, provides sufficiently qualified coaches/officials, has a clear long-term plan, encourages access and equity amongst players and spectators and has appropriate risk management procedures and insurance cover.
This report presents results from sponsored sporting clubs who received Healthway funding between April 2004 and April 2005.
Rosenberg M, Wood L, Bosch D, French S. Organisational Survey 2005: Healthy Clubs. Health Promotion Evaluation Unit, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, 2006.
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