The Victorian Code of Conduct for Community Sport outlines behaviours that are expected of every person involved in community sport and active recreation, as well as identifying the types of behaviours that will not be tolerated.

To encourage Gippsland sporting clubs to adopt the Victorian Code of Conduct, GippSport have created signs for clubs to display at their clubrooms and venues.  Prior to clubs placing a sign at their clubrooms or venue, GippSport will meet with clubs to ensure they understand the code of conduct and also develop processes to deal with people who do not comply.

Clubs, leagues and associations that place a sign at their venue are agreeing to follow and undertake simple actions such as: showing respect to other players and the broader community, elimination of violent and abusive behaviour and including everyone regardless of culture, religion, race, sexuality or age. Community sport will be a much more inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy.

Every person in Victoria has the right to participate in community sport that is safe, welcoming and inclusive. Equally everyone plays a part in ensuring their actions and behaviours are supportive of these values.

State Sporting Associations, leagues, associations and clubs also have a responsibility to ensure participation in any community sport event is free of any anti-social behaviour both on and off the field which prevents others from taking part and getting active.

The Code supports Victoria’s Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women by taking a zero tolerance stance towards violence against women.  Acts of violence, discrimination and vilification are illegal acts within Victoria. It is a club’s responsibility not only to report these to the appropriate legal authorities but also to ensure these acts are not tolerated by the sport or club.

The Code provides the opportunity to make a positive impact on community participation in sport and recreation by encouraging appropriate behaviour at all times. Implementation of the Code will ensure that community sport remains safe and inclusive for all.

Any clubs interested in obtaining more information and a sign for their venue should contact GippSport E: info@gippsport.com.au or Phone 5135 8335

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