The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is encouraging Good Sports clubs across Lithgow to enter this year's Good Sports Awards for a chance to achieve national recognition for building healthy and inclusive sporting environments as well as cash prizes to boost the club's coffers.
The awards are the ultimate trophy for any Good Sports club, paying tribute to the heart and soul of community sporting clubs - no matter their size or sporting code.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation CEO Dr Erin Lalor AM said the awards recognise strong clubs and the dedication of people who are passionate about them.
"The awards recognise the strong clubs and dedicated people who are passionate about community, their members and making their club the very best it can be. They are with us in the good times and help us get through the tough times," she said.
"Even if your club's season has been cut short this year due to COVID-19, celebrating your wins and achievements is the perfect way to boost club morale and keep members feeling proud and connected," Dr Lalor added.
She said she had seen many inspirational clubs go above and beyond depsite ongoing COVID restrictions.
"This is why we've added the Staying Connected Award to celebrate clubs who have shown just how much they really care about keeping their members and community connected, engaged and healthy. We strongly encourage Clubs to nominate," she said.
Good Sports clubs can enter multiple categories. This year's categories are:
- Club of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Safe Transport Award
- Mental Health Excellence Award
- Junior Club of the Year
- New Club of the Year
- NEW CATEGORY: Staying Connected Award
- Club of the Year from each state
- Volunteer of the Year from each state
The Good Sports Awards nomination process is the perfect time for a club to work towards starting 2022 with a win by reflecting on their successes in areas like supporting mental health, working with star volunteers, and promoting safe transport practices.
Nominations for the national Awards opened on August 25 and will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 6.
Enter by visiting https://goodsports.com.au/awards/. Select the relevant categories for the nomination and answer the online questions. Clubs can even include attachments to strengthen their submission.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony early next year.
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