Wellington Hockey Club are taking strides in the right direction to becoming more welcoming and inclusive. Recently the club was awarded Level 0 accreditation as part of the Good Sports program, and they have also facilitated sessions for students from the Sale Specialist School.

Over Term 1 and continuing into Term 2 this year the club has started to facilitate All Abilities sessions for around 20 students from Sale Specialist School. Each week a one hour session is taking place at the club. GippSport’s Access for All Abilities coordinator Brenton Dinsdale, says that the club is providing a “friendly and inclusive environment for students to learn the necessary skills of hockey. Each week a variety of drills and games are played to suit a variety of needs and abilities.”

Richard Hill, President of Wellington Hockey Club is excited to be able to facilitate the sessions. “We have enjoyed encouraging participation by working with GippSport and Sale Specialist School. Running this program has been so much fun and it’s great to see the kids so enthusiastic about hockey. We are looking forward to offering more programs with the support of GippSport and working with more schools,” Mr Hill said.

The Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program works in communities to make sports clubs safe and healthy. Clubs learn about managing alcohol responsibly and aim to become more family-friendly. Being a Good Sports club means changing practices and adopting Good Sports policies, such as safe transport options, smoke-free club rooms, alcohol alternative fundraising and training in Responsible Service of Alcohol.

Mr Hill said that being involved in the Good Sports program was helping to promote positive messages and examples around alcohol. “Being a Good Sports club reflects our club values of encouraging a fun and safe sporting environment,” Mr Hill said.

For more information about inclusive and accessible sport in Gippsland please contact GippSport Access for All Abilities program coordinators Daniel Poynton or Brenton Dinsdale.