Alcohol Policy

CLUB ALCOHOL POLICY

Rationale

The Epping Football Club recognised that alcohol consumption can be hazardous to health if moderation is exceeded and that minors should be protected from the effects.  Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to other serious illnesses such as liver disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease. Alcohol can also affect a person’s judgement and perception in particular when in driving a motor vehicle. Accordingly the following policy has been developed by Epping F.C.to help protect people’s health. 

The move to monitor alcohol consumption also complements the Epping F.C.’s desire to create a healthy family friendly environment.  The Epping F.C. believes that such an environment and image will be advantageous in attracting new members and positively promoting the club in the community.   

Legislation and the legal duty of care also provide reasons to have responsible serving of alcohol culture within the club.  Under common law the Epping F.C. has a legal duty of care to ensure that employees, volunteers, players and officials are not exposed to potentially harmful situations.  The Occupational Health and Safety Act also stipulates that employees and working volunteers must have a safe environment to work in. 

Who is affected by the Policy

This policy applies to all members, administrators, officials, coaches, players and visitors of the Epping F.C.  .

Timing

This policy is effective from 1 / 11  /  2008

 

Designated Alcohol free times are as follows.

The Epping F.C. requires the following times to be Alcohol free both within the club and its surrounds:

  • Junior training
  • Junior match days
  • Junior functions

The exceptions to the above are as follows:

JUNIOR TRAINING, MATCH DAYS AND FUNCTIONS

  • If a meal is served (by prior arrangement) 
  • Only with proper supervision of the alcohol served by committee or approved delegate
  • Only consumed within the area where the meal is served
  • Half an hour after the final siren of the last junior game played (after 12pm)
  • Friday evening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm

SENIOR TRAINING, MATCH DAYS AND FUNCTIONS

  • Training nights between 6pm and 10pm
  • Match days between 12pm and 12am (according to liquor licence)
  • Functions between 12pm and 12am (according to liquor licence)

Behavioural Expectations

The Epping F.C. recognises that role modelling can have a significant impact upon the junior members of the club.  Hence, the following individuals and groups will refrain from consuming alcohol while they are acting in an official capacity for the club or while in club uniform:

·         Coaches (when coaching or representing the club)

·         Trainers (when training players)

·         Officials (when officiating for the club)

·         Volunteers (when working for the club)

 

Coaches and trainers will also speak to players about the effects of alcohol on performance.

Promotion of the Policy

The following mediums will remind patrons about the Epping F.C.’s Alcohol:

·         Club handbook (available online)

·         Advertising and promotional resources (eg brochures, newspaper ads etc)

·         Club correspondence (letters, faxes, e-mails etc)

·         Announcements

·         Function speeches

·         Signage

Non-Compliance Strategy

The following five step non-compliance strategy will be followed if anyone breaches theEpping F.C.’s Alcohol policy. 

1.  Assume that the person is unaware of the Alcohol policy.

2.  A staff member or club representative will approach the person breaching the policy and politely ask them to refrain from consuming alcohol and remind them about the alcohol policy. 

3.  If the offence continues, then the most senior staff member or most senior club representative will verbally warn them again and hand over a formally written letter that outlines the club’s policy on alcohol. 

4.  The offending patron must also be made aware that if they don’t comply with the policy then they will be required to leave the club’s facility.  The club’s management committee will sign off on the letter.  This letter will be pre-written and kept both behind the bar and at the ground so that copies are readily available.    

5.  If the offence does continue then the patron will be escorted out of the facility by staff and/or a senior club representative.     

     Under no circumstances should the Epping F.C.’s Alcohol policy be breached: No matter whom the offender is.

Policy Review

The policy will be reviewed three months after its introduction and then on an annual basis thereafter.  This will ensure that the policy remains current and practical.