Healthy Families Waitakere Activators Jayshree Ramesh-Sukha, and Debbie Raroa alongside Sport Waitakere's Community Sport Advisor Julie Bennett coordinated a workshop to inform, educate and inspire sports clubs.
Around 60 members from a variety of sports clubs enjoyed listening to talks from a number of providers to learn practical ways to meet the requirements for;
-The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
-The Smokefree Environments Act 1991
-The Food Act 2014
Sport Waitakere Chief Executive Lynette Adams and Shane Henderson, Chair of Henderson Massey Local Board (part of Auckland Council) opened the event by providing insights around the links between sports clubs and the community.
This is the first time Sport Waitakere alongside Healthy Families Waitakere has provided an opportunity for sports clubs to hear directly from a number of providers to understand the role they can play in creating a healthier club environment.
The Auckland Council Licencing team reminded clubs of their licencing requirements and provided tools for making special license applications. Insights from the clubs indicated the extensive paperwork required each time they apply for a licence and Auckland Council agreed to review this process as an outcome from this workshop.
NZ Police emphasised the legal and moral obligations of clubs around alcohol provision. They also covered drinking behaviour of spectators on the sideline and ways to manage this. Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) presented their BUZZED campaign around youth and alcohol.
Some comments made by club members on the night about actions they could progress were;
"We will update our alcohol management plan and sideline behaviour process"
"We are interested in a club wide competition to create our own smokefree and alcohol messages relevant to club culture"
Lastly, Sione Faumuina (former Warriors player) shared his personal story on his negative experience with alcohol in the past and the encouraged clubs to play a role in sensible drinking.