Grassroots Sporting Clubs Tackle Drug Issues Head-on
Recent drug scandals have rocked the Australian sporting arena. The latest incident involves many high profile National Rugby League players embroiled in cocaine use. Some former players are also claiming that drug use among peers is rife.
With the 2015 season kicking off the issue couldn’t have come at a worse time.
As so many young aspiring eyes look up to them each week on the field, sports stars must also respect their duty of role model status. Many involved at an administrative level believe drug issues has more to do with society than sport alone. But what are clubs doing to address the issue and support their players?
In 2014, Directions were approached by the Eastlake Football Club, a Canberra based club competing in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL), to form a community partnership and deliver alcohol and drug awareness sessions to players.
The sessions aim to improve understanding of drugs and associated physical and mental harms, and what support services are available in the community.
Directions commend the commitment and social responsibility of sporting clubs raising alcohol and drug awareness for players. With this awareness, early intervention and support there is hope.
Eastlake Football Club players aged 13 to 30 participate in a Directions alcohol and drug awareness session - February 2015
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