Making change at club level - 19 September 2016

Making change at club level

He Tauaa Hawks - 'It's not OK' club champions

Things have changed for the better at He Tauaa Hawks Rugby League Club in the past year. The refs are happier, the players more focused on the game and the side-line loudmouths are just a bit more supportive these days.

Both side-line behaviour and on-field backchat have improved since the Invercargill club got involved in the It’s not OK campaign as a champion club.

Two club members, Chris Perriam and Leona Notoa, have volunteered as club champions to keep the club on track with its aim to promote respect and to help people affected by family violence.

Notoa commented that the campaign flags and t-shirts have served as a constant reminder.

“I feel like people felt more confident to yell out to stop anything that was negative or unnecessary referring to the slogan ‘It’s not OK’. “

Supporters, as well as members from other clubs, have noticed the changes.

The coaching team play a big role, as they continually drive into the players that they need to display a good attitude and positive behaviour.

“The strength of our club is that we are whānau-orientated and supportive of each other. We understand that each of us have a role to play to ensure that we are successful on and off the field. 

"If we can continue with a positive attitude, this filters to our members and their families.”

The club has drafted a statement about family violence to insert into the constitution at its AGM in February 2017.

A free booklet called "Not Our Game" is available from the It’s not OK website for clubs wanting to learn how to support a violence-free, family friendly and respectful culture within their clubs.

 

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