A healthy club checklist

  • Take incidents of violence seriously
  • Encourage and promote healthy relationships between all members and their families
  • Arrange whänau/family events where people can get to know each other
  • Establish drug and alcohol free sidelines
  • Develop a code of conduct that includes a pledge to be violence-free
  • Encourage senior club members to set a good example – young players look up to them
  • Create a responsible drinking culture – this could mean free soft drinks for sober drivers, saying ‘enough’ if someone is intoxicated and organising a club taxi service
  • Make any kind of sexual harassment from verbal comments to unwanted touching unacceptable
  • Have a good balance of women and men from the board through to coaches and club staff
  • Know where to go for help, so you can let others know
  • Know what to do if you suspect a child is unsafe at home
  • Create a culture of helping, equipping club members with basic skills to help anyone affected by family violence
  • Create an environment where family violence is not tolerated, but where people can ask for help. If you have screens use them to promote positive messages
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