How can healthy sports clubs benefit us all?
Sports clubs offer all sorts of opportunities to be physically active, develop new skills and make new friends. But while they’re generally health promoting environments some of that good work can be undone by unhealthy food, excess alcohol consumption and unfriendly sideline behaviour.
With the right support all sports clubs can become healthier by implementing programmes and policies that promote healthy choices and family-friendly values. Healthy Families Lower Hutt is working with a broad range of sporting organisations on a wide range of initiatives, such as healthy food guidelines, responsible alcohol practices, smokefree sidelines and smoking cessation support.
We’re working together to provide welcoming and safe environments that will attract more players, supporters, volunteers and families, and ultimately build a safer, healthier community.
Wellington Rugby League - That's how we role
Jason Hemson, General Manager of Wellington Rugby League, is determined that his players are going to be ‘Champions of Change’ when it comes to responsible behaviour both on and off the field.
His ultimate aim is to build the game and change some of the behaviours associated with the old rugby league culture. His message is that it’s the responsibility of each club to manage what happens on the sideline, and to promote safe, family friendly environments.
“Sure you can be tough on the field,” he says. “We’re all mates and we all love the game, but when it comes to off the field, it’s about friends and whanau.” It’s all part of Wellington Rugby League’s: ‘That’s how we role’ – a message it promotes at all games, with smokefree flags and banners, reminders over the loudspeaker and smoking cessation support wherever possible. Jason says the aim is to have no drinking or smoking on the sidelines, and responsible drinking at smokefree venues “because that’s how we role.” “It’s something that we keep talking about so everyone understands the message and over time will just accept as normal.”