In January 2014, Woodside & District Football Netball Club became the 50th Gippsland club to join VicHealth’s Healthy Sporting Environment’s program.

The Healthy Sporting Environments program is a free program and focuses on ensuring your sports club is viable, sustainable and a healthy place. GippSport provides resources and support over a sustained period of time for clubs to assess their current situation and implement gradual change in six key areas.  More information about the key areas is included below.

GippSport would like to acknowledge the great work all the clubs are doing to make changes in their clubs.  GippSport also congratulates the hard working volunteers that do the work to make this happen.

The clubs are:

Bairnsdale Football Netball Club, Bairnsdale Tennis Club, Bass Coast Triathlon Club, Bruthen Cricket Club, Buln Buln Football Club, Drouin Cricket Club, East Gippsland Waterdragons, Gippsland Car Club, Glengarry Cricket Club, Golden Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Inverloch Windsurfing Club, Kilcunda Bass Football Club, Korumburra Bowling Club, Lakes Entrance Cricket Club, Lakes Entrance Football Netball Club, Latrobe City Energy, Latrobe Cricket Club, Leongatha Gymnastics Club, Leongatha Table Tennis Association, Lindenow South Cricket Club, Lindenow South Football & Netball Club, Lucknow Football and Netball Club, Maffra Football Netball Club, Maffra Gymnastics Club, Meeniyan Golf Club, Moe Cricket Club, Monash Soccer Club, Morwell Football Netball Club, Nyora Cricket Club, Orbost Snowy Rovers Football Club, Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club, Rosedale Football Netball Club, Sale City Football Netball Club, Sale Football Netball Club, Sale Tennis Club, Sale United Football Club, South Coast Boardriders Club, South Coast Stars Soccer Club, St Marys Nagle Cricket Club, Swifts Creek Football Netball Club, Trafalgar Victory Football Club, Traralgon City Soccer Club, Traralgon Football Netball Club, Traralgon Harriers Athletic Club, Traralgon Tennis Association, Ulinga Gymnastics Club, Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association, Woodside & District Football Netball Club, Yarram Netball Club and Yinnar Football & Netball Club.

Key areas

Responsible use of alcohol

Guided by the Good Sports program, clubs can reduce alcohol-related problems by implementing responsible alcohol management practices that ensure alcohol is not consumed at harmful levels.

UV protection

Clubs achieve a balanced approach to UV exposure to reduce the health risks associated with overexposure, maintain adequate vitamin levels and protect participants from UV-related harm. Measures include education, the provision of sunscreen, shade, sun protective uniforms, and other recommendations under the SunSmart Sports policy.

Inclusion, safety and support

Practical tools and resources help clubs become more inclusive and welcoming of everyone in their community, with a focus on increasing the involvement of women, girls, Aboriginal Victorians and people from culturally diverse communities. Resources include online tools Play by the Rules and Everyone Wins.

Reducing tobacco use

Assistance for clubs to implement a plan to reduce smoking and work towards creating a smoke-free venue, including outdoor areas using Quit’s Going Smokefree Outdoors guide for sports clubs.

Healthy eating

Introduces healthy eating policies and provides more healthy food and drink choices for players, officials and spectators in community sports clubs based on VicHealth’s Healthy Club Canteens resource. These guidelines do not ban any foods, but seek to increase the proportion of healthy food within sports clubs.

Injury prevention and management

Clubs work through a strategy to embed good prevention methods to reduce the number of sporting injuries, as well as implement procedures for managing injuries supported by resources from Smartplay.

For further information contact GippSport on 51358335 or info@gippsport.com.au