The Western Australian
Cricket Association, the WA Sports Federation, Department of Sport and
Recreation and another seven of Western Australia’s largest sporting associations
have been supporting sporting clubs around the State with tools to develop a
‘Changing Attitudes to Alcohol through Sport’ (CAATS) project commenced in 2012
to encourage clubs to recognise, adopt and live by responsible and appropriate
behaviours through successful planning.
CAATS has introduced an online planning tool called Top Club that
has seen over 259 (95 metropolitan and 164 regional) clubs throughout Western
Australia participate in facilitated sessions.
as part of the CAATS project, over 363 club and association representatives have
attended Liquor Licence Refresher workshops.
The WACA has
been part of the development and implementation of the CAATS project, which is
successfully preparing clubs to develop strong values based on a strong
"It’s vitally important for our clubs to be strong, inclusive and
accepting environments in the community for all people to play cricket and
socialise,” said WACA CEO Christina Matthews
"Cricket truly is a sport for all and if we want to continue to have cricket
as Australia’s favourite sport our clubs cultures are crucial.
"With healthy cultures in our clubs we will have fantastic
participation, retention of players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, community
engagement throughout and solid stakeholder relationships.”
The WA Sports Federation leads the CAATS initiative, which has brought
sport together for a common goal.
clubs are the fabric of our communities and it’s become ever more important for
clubs to live by their values,” said WA Sports Federation Chief Executive
Officer, Rob Thompson.
thing about the CAATS project is that it brings together club administration,
players and officials, who are often all volunteers, and encourages positive
conversations around effective planning.
testament to the Western Australian sporting community that eight of the
biggest sports have come together to develop this project that assists in
establishing good club culture.”
The Top Club
facilitated sessions have been popular with the WA Cricket Association’s clubs,
including White Knights Baldivis Cricket Club, who found the session useful in
implementing good culture across all facets of the Club.
"Culture had already been established within our club in a playing
sense, but what Top Club has provided is how to embed that across the rest of
our club, to ensure our other functionary roles on our committee prioritise
tasks that are directly aligned in building the culture and community of our
club,” said President Leigh McIntosh.
support, the CAATS project, including Top Club, will continue to be implemented
through the Wheatbelt and across Western Australia, for the rest of 2015.
would like to be involved in the project and find out more information on how
to use Top Club can contact the WACA and email Alan
Singer at email@example.com.