"Not our game" toolkit for sports clubs released - 6 October 2015

It's not OK has released a toolkit called "Not our game" to help sports clubs and teams of any sports code play an active role in preventing family violence.

Sports clubs and organisations play an important part in the lives of New Zealanders and provide a good opportunity to address our country’s high rate of family violence.

Counties Manukau Rugby League is one club that has taken up the It's not OK campaign.

“We needed to change the culture around the game. The violence, the stigma and the gang affiliations were painting us in a really poor light,” Counties Manukau Rugby League Staff.

Doing something about family violence within your club or sporting body acknowledges that we can all have a part to play to ensure that every person in New Zealand lives in a safe, violence–free home.

No matter how big or small your club, there are many things you can do to prevent family violence. Simple actions can send powerful messages out to players, coaches, volunteers, their families, sponsors and the community as a whole that family violence is not OK, that it is OK to ask for help and to help others.

This toolkit contains suggestions about how to increase understanding of family violence and encourage violence-free behaviour in your club, organisation and community.

You can start small or go big. Your club has an opportunity to create a culture that is healthy and respectful, that makes sure everyone understands what is OK and what is not OK, and where to go for help.

The toolkit is available as a booklet. Resources such as sports-themed posters are available from the website.

Click here to read more.



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