Health, Wellbeing & Inclusion

Health, Wellbeing & Inclusion information and resources for sports clubs.


Good Sports is Australia’s largest community health sports program. Good Sports is run by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) a not-for-profit which is committed to building strong communities and limiting the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. 

Good Sports takes the guess work out of alcohol management, so its perfect for busy sports clubs. Good Sports can also give you the upper hand when it comes to engaging with new members and volunteers, as well as attracting funding and sponsors.

The Healthy Choices Guidelines have been created to assist sporting clubs and organisations to provide healthy options in their canteens. The Healthy Choices Guidelines classify food and drink into three categories according to their nutritional value. To promote healthy eating clubs should provide food options according to these categories. Most food should fall into the green and amber categories. 

The guidelines are not designed to remove all current red category items from a sporting canteen. They are intended to give clubs information on healthier choice options. 

Clubs are advised that smoking is prohibited in all City owned buildings including sports pavilions, with no person able to smoke within five metres of doorways or open windows. Additionally, smoking is banned within 10 metres of all junior sports.  

Smoking management resources, posters and more can be found on the Good Sports website.


Sport is meant to be fun, and everyone has the right to play sport in a safe and healthy environment. Bullying means that people are not treated with respect, dignity and fairness. Bullying can affect an individual’s enjoyment of sport, physical and mental health. 

For emergency support, please contact 000. 

Lifeline Australia 

For 24 hour support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.  

Headspace Bendigo 

Headspace Bendigo is a free service that aims to support the mental health of young people aged between 12 and 25 years. This is a confidential service which is delivered by a range of medical and health professionals. For further information, get in touch with headspace Bendigo by calling (03) 5406 1400 or visiting their website.   

SALT – Sport and Life Training 

SALT (Sport and Life Training) is a not-for-profit mental health and wellbeing organisation that delivers education sessions into sporting clubs. Their aim is to help develop mental resilience and healthy values in club members. These club members can then provide positive influences on their teams, workmates, classmates and their broader community.   

The Love the Game Sporting Club Program is an initiative of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. The program aims to reduce the exposure of young people to sports betting promotions. 

Your club can sign up to the Love the Game campaign to receive resources and support to take a stand against gambling sponsorship in sport.  

Good spectator behaviour and sporting conduct on the field is an important part of sport, and the ‘Let Kids Be Kids’ campaign lets kids enjoy their sport and have fun. 

Let Kids Be Kids highlights the negative impact of abusive behaviour and the importance of positive sporting environments that encourage having fun with your friends, participation and not just winning. 

The campaign also features a range of resources and a toolkit to help sports clubs and communities tackle poor sideline behaviour. 


This Girl Can Victoria celebrates and supports Victorian women to embrace physical activity in a way that suits them. Half of all Victorian women aren’t getting enough weekly exercise. 

Why? Victorian women have told This Girl Can Vic that a big part of not trying new activities or getting involved in sport is a fear of being judged, or not being fit enough to start. Not to mention, twice as many women than men put off getting active because they’re worried about what other people think. 


People with a disability should be able to participate in sport in a way that suits them. Sporting clubs can do lots of simple things to ensure that they are creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all. A good place to start is by utilising Sport Australia’s Inclusive Sport Toolkit.  

Clubs can also adopt a Disability Inclusion Policy to demonstrate their commitment to providing an inclusive environment.  

Racism. It Stops With Me is a national campaign that provides tools and resources to help organisations learn about racism and stand against it by acting for change. Sporting clubs are encouraged to sign up as campaign supporters to show their support in standing against racism. 

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