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Sporting clubs butt out to raise awareness of the harmful effects of smoking

Football, Soccer and Netball clubs across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula are saying no to smoking and going smoke free for the Quit Challenge Round on 2-3 June.

Twelve clubs from Football Federation Victoria and thirteen from the Frankston District Netball Association are going completely smoke free for the first time, following the lead of AFL South East who signed onto the initiative last year and Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League who went smoke free three years ago.

The Quit Challenge Round is held every year around World No Tobacco Day to raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking and encourage people to quit.

Iain Edwards, Acting Operations Director of Community Health at Peninsula Health, says he is proud of the fantastic results achieved by the partnership between Peninsula Health, Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire, GoodSports, St Kilda Football Club, Football Federation Victoria, Frankston District Netball Association, AFL South East and Central Bayside Community Health Service.

“Smoking affects everyone – not just the person having the cigarette – but also the people who breathe in second hand smoke and the environment, which suffers when cigarette butts are littered around sporting facilities,” says Mr Edwards.

“There is no place for smoking when children, families and other members of our community come together to play sport.”

“This project recognises the importance of changing the culture and making sporting clubs a healthier environment for everyone.”

The Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League (MPJFL) say they have seen a positive effect from going smoke free.

“We are proud to be a part of the Quit Challenge for the third year running,” says President Andrew Souter.

“The MPJFL are passionate about the health and wellbeing of all our players, and have found the program to be well supported within the league, with all 15 of our clubs being smoke free.”

The Frankston District Netball Association (FDNA) is pleased to be part of the initiative this year.

“FDNA is proud to be smoke free. Our clubs have endorsed this change and are educating their members,” explains Business Manager Miranda Castles.

“We’re thankful that our children can enjoy netball in a healthy environment.”

Going smoke free is an important move for the clubs from Football Federation Victoria (FFV).

“FFV is very proud to be part of initiatives in relation to health & wellbeing for its clubs and members, as it forms a very important part of the FFV Club Engagement Plan and the work of our Club Ambassadors,” says Participation Manager Jason Charles.

“We are very excited to be supporting a growing relationship with Peninsula Health and our dedicated clubs in the South & South East regions.”

AFL South East Region General Manager John Anderson agreed that local sporting communities, such as the Frankston District Junior Football League and the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League, provide a perfect platform to pass on a positive message about smoking.

“There are many positives about being involved in a sporting club, and spreading the message that smoking is not good for your health is one fact that all clubs would agree on,” says John Anderson.

“It’s very important that all clubs in our junior and senior leagues endeavour to create a healthy environment, free of smoking, which sets a great example for the younger generation and might stop them from taking up smoking themselves.”

“Going to the football and netball should be a positive experience all round, and it should be enjoyed in a smoke-free environment.”

Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton commended the clubs involved. 

“Council is proud to support this fantastic initiative that has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of all people attending sporting events,” says Mayor Hampton.

“The local clubs involved are setting a great example for other clubs across the state.”

The efforts of all these clubs and the importance of creating smoke-free environments will be celebrated at the Quit Challenge Round 2-3 June.

Saturday 2 June

Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League

Football Federation Victoria senior clubs in the Frankston Mornington Peninsula

Frankston District Netball Association

Sunday 3 June

Frankston District Junior Football League

Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League

Football Federation Victoria junior clubs in the Frankston Mornington Peninsula

Frankston District Netball Association

 

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