A fantastic off-field victory is being celebrated at Glengarry Football Netball Club, after it was named as a Victorian Good Sports Club of the Year award finalist.

The Good Sports Awards recognise community clubs and people who show leadership in encouraging healthy behaviours to tackle alcohol, obesity and mental health issues through sport.

The Australian Drug Foundation’s pioneering Good Sports program works with more than 6,500 clubs nationwide to help them develop healthier and safer environments for their members, and create a healthier future for the great Australian sports club.

Good Sports Victoria Manager, Mark Nash, said the club is building a bright future for sports lovers in the area.

“Glengarry Football Netball Club has gone above and beyond in promoting healthy attitudes towards responsible alcohol consumption. This recognition and $500 prize money is well-deserved – the club sets an example that the whole community can, and should, be proud of,” Mr Nash said.

“Sport has the power to inspire, bring people together and help achieve dreams. We want to reward the people and clubs, such as Glengarry Football Netball Club, whose dream it is to see a healthier future for their communities.”

Glengarry Football Netball Club has taken a number of steps to ensure it has a healthier relationship with alcohol and gives more back to the community.

Volunteers have undergone Responsible Service of Alcohol training at the club’s expense and members have attended liquor licensing seminars to broaden their knowledge of the issue.

In addition to its work around alcohol management, the club has developed safe transport and smoking policies. Lines have been painted around the club rooms to clearly show where people can and can’t smoke.