BCA are latest to be Good Sports

THE Bundaberg Cricket Association (BCA) is the latest local sporting association to adopt the standards of the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program.

Although problems with alcohol at Salter Oval have not been prevalent in the past, BCA president Les Bennett said it was important to remain proactive in the area.

“We’ve never had issues with it really, but it may become a problem in the next few years if we don’t put measures in place now,” he said.

“It’s government backed and really gives us a leg to stand on now.”

Good Sports, a program aimed at assisting clubs to manage alcohol responsibly, is holding a forum in Bundaberg next Wednesday night to explain how clubs can learn more about responsibilities with regard to alcohol management and liquor licences.

Speakers will include Good Sports regional manager Lachlan Sherrington, Detective Snr Cnst Matthew Steinhardt and Bundaberg Regional Council sports and recreation officer Dave Field.

Good Sports project officer Cathy Heidrich said the forum would provide an opportunity for sporting club representatives to speak with industry experts and help create a safer environment, reduce the risk of litigation and build a family-friendly culture.

Mrs Heidrich said many clubs in the Bundaberg and Childers regions were already a part of the Good Sports program, including Bundaberg and Childers touch associations, while the region’s surf life saving clubs were in the process of joining.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, February 17, at the Civic Centre, starting at 6pm.

There will also be a responsible service of alcohol (RSA) course held at Salter Oval next Monday night from 6pm.

Bennett stressed anyone interested in picking up the skills and qualifications to work behind the bar should come along.

“You need that RSA certificate to do basically anything in the pub, so it’s very important,” Bennett said.

For more information on either of the functions, email Cathy Heidrich at heidrich4@bigpond.com or call 0417 638 407.

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