The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is thrilled to announce Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club is
Victorian Good Sports Club of the Year.
Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club was announced the Good Sports award winner for its
commitment to building a stronger, healthier and more family-friendly club environment.
Managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Good Sports is Australia’s largest preventative health
initiative in community sport, working with more than 9,000 Aussie clubs to build a healthier
The Good Sports Awards recognise strong clubs and the dedicated people within these clubs who
are passionate about community sport and are committed to making their clubs the best they can
Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club, which is affiliated with the Heathcote and District Football
Netball League, has reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, implementing policies
around alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport.
“We want people to know that our focus is sport and strengthening our community, not drinking.
We serve alcohol in a safe, responsible manner and drinking is certainly not our reason for being
here,” said Club Secretary Melissa Nihill.
Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club says it exemplifies the Good Sports values of passion and
connectivity. Despite not having a township as such and the smallest population in its league,
generations of loyal families continue to play, volunteer and promote the club.
“Our club is most proud of our volunteers and our ability to remain sustainable given the barriers with
our demographic,” Ms Nihill said.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor praised Mount Pleasant Football
Netball Club, calling the club a community champion.
“Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club is a true local leader. It should feel incredibly proud of its efforts
in building a stronger and more connected community,” Dr Lalor said.
In Victoria, Good Sports is funded by the Australian Government and Transport Accident
Commission Victoria. More than 2,700 community sporting clubs across the state are now part of the
Good Sports program.
“Community sporting clubs are becoming healthier and more family-friendly through Good Sports.
We invite more clubs to join the program, so they too can benefit,” Dr Lalor said.
“We know running a community sporting club is hard work. That’s why the Good Sports team is
committed to guiding clubs through the Good Sports program, making it easier for already busy
volunteers to implement,” Dr Lalor said.