The East Gippsland Football Netball League season is just around the corner and Lucknow Football Netball Club (LFNC) are ready, with senior netball coaches and new senior football coach, Rhys Robinson, set to lead the way in 2015.

They are committed to ‘giving their club the edge’ by continuing their involvement in the VicHealth Healthy Sporting Environments Program.

Working with GippSport’s East Gippsland Program Co-ordinator, Jaquie Nethercote, the club has been successfully working through the six modules of Alcohol Management, Inclusion, Injury Prevention Management, Healthy Eating, Tobacco and Ultra Violet Protection.

“The Lucknow Football Netball Club plays a big part in the local community sporting landscape. It is a credit to their committee for seeing the bigger picture and the major role that health has to play in their sport,” said Jaquie.

LFNC is winning off the field by sustaining their level 3 Good Sports accreditation, developing policies and procedures, and obtaining valuable knowledge and resources that reflect the clubs vision of being strong, healthy and inclusive.

“We as a club are committed to building and providing a safe, fun and inclusive environment for not only our netball and football players but family members as well. With all the social problems we face in our communities today the healthy sporting environments program gives us the tools and resources to better deal with these issues. We as club and, myself personally as a senior coach, are very proud of the policies and procedures implemented in gaining the level 3 Good Sports accreditation,” said Rhys.

Recently the club received funding to upgrade the lights at the Lucknow Recreation Reserve. The sports lighting project is being developed by the East Gippsland Shire Council and the Lucknow Recreation Reserve Committee of Management in partnership with the Victorian Government, the Australian Football League, Netball Victoria and AFL Victoria. Games under the lights will commence in 2015.

Jock Park, LFNC President welcomes everyone to come and join the club. “We have had great numbers for preseason training. We extend an invite to the community, to come be a part of a welcoming, family friendly club. You do not have to be an active netballer or footballer to be involved as there are many other social activities that people can participate in. We offer friendly and safe facilities. We want people to know that the clubs focus is on sport and providing the best environment possible for our members, supporters and players. Being a part of the Healthy Sporting Environments Program helps us to get this message across,” concluded Jock.

For further information on support available for your sports club, please contact Jaquie Nethercote at GippSport.