Efforts by the Melbourne Baseball Club for alcohol management in community sport have resulted in the club receiving a Level 3 accreditation under the Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sports program.
The program has been designed to assist clubs with the responsible management of alcohol through an accreditation process requiring the clubs to implement a variety of practices and policies at each level. It is the first nationwide alcohol accreditation program of its kind.
The program breaks the so-called link between alcohol and club profits and in the process guides clubs to a healthier and safer future by becoming more attractive to a wider range of people in the local community.
The Melbourne Baseball Club offers a friendly and safe club facility which complies with Liquor Licensing's legal requirements. An important part of that is to put the club’s bar servers through a training course in responsible service of alcohol.
The Good Sports Program was developed following research conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation which showed high risk consumption of alcohol in community sporting clubs. Through the introduction of responsible alcohol management policies, clubs have been able to improve their image and increase their revenue and decrease their risk of liability.
The club will be regularly monitored to ensure compliance with the Good Sports accreditation criteria.