It has been a big month for GippSport, with our staff doing a lot of great work across the region.  Here are a few highlights & updates.

Michelle Harris who has been acting a GippSport Program Coordinator in Bass Coast and South Gippsland will remain with the organization until the end of 2013. Michelle is currently replacing Gene Parini who has had his stay with the Active After-school Communities Program extended until 24 January 2014.

There are currently 48 community sporting clubs in the Gippsland Region participating in VicHealth’s Healthy Sporting Environments Program. These clubs have voluntarily signed up to the program and are enjoying direct support from GippSport staff as they move through modules based around improving the health of the club and its members. The areas of focus are: reducing tobacco use, responsible use of alcohol, UV protection, healthy eating, injury prevention and management and inclusion, safety and support. Clubs involved are reporting that they are already noticing positive changes in attitude and practice. There is still room for clubs to join and club officials should contact GippSport if they are interested in participating.

GippSport is a Community Partner with the Australian Drug Foundation in delivering the accredited Good Sports Program which encourages responsible management and service of alcohol as well as the provision of family friendly environment. There are currently 160 sporting clubs accredited in the Gippsland Region and 94 of these are at the highest Level 3. Many of these Level 3 clubs will be invited to provide information online to the Good Sports head office in Melbourne. This will mean that many clubs will no longer receive a personal visit from a GippSport staff member when club monitoring is due.

GippSport recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gippsland Women’s Health Service. The shared goal of this partnership is to create cultural change within sporting clubs to work towards the prevention of violence against women and children. GippSport staff members have recently undertaken some training and professional development in this area. We are committed to providing relevant information to sporting clubs and promoting respectful relationships between men and women, boys and girls within the club community. We will also increase access to resources promoting bystander approaches to preventing men’s violence against women and children.

Barry_WebBarry Switzer
Executive Officer – GippSport