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Sports AWARE

Sports AWARE provides drug, alcohol and wellbeing education and support to young sportspeople.

Youth Solutions has partnered with Wests Group Macarthur to develop Sports AWARE – a drug and alcohol harm prevention and health promotion project for sporting clubs. 

The project’s development, thanks to support and funding from Wests Group Macarthur, builds on Youth Solutions’ foundational work with local Macarthur and Wingecarribee sporting clubs, addressing the need for health and wellbeing projects that support local young sportspeople.

What is Sports AWARE?

Sports AWARE is a multifaceted Youth Solutions’ project for local sporting clubs that includes:

  • Educational workshops for young sportspeople aged 12 – 17 years
  • Information sessions for supporters (parents and carers and/or coaches/club staff)
  • Interactive outreach activities at game days or training sessions

What does Sports AWARE aim to achieve?

Sports AWARE aims to prevent young sportspeople from experiencing drug and alcohol related harm by:

  • educating and empowering young players to be safe, and to keep others safe, around drugs and alcohol and
  • increasing the knowledge and skills of coaching/club staff, parents and carers to ensure they can confidently and effectively support their young players around drug and alcohol issues

Through the Sports AWARE workshops, young sportspeople will learn about:

  • The effects and harms of drugs and alcohol
  • Safety around drugs and alcohol
  • Drugs and alcohol in the context of the law and other regulations
  • Responding to an emergency
  • Positive ways to keep healthy and well
  • Positive role models
  • Help and support services and strategies

Through Sports AWARE, your players will gain skills in:

  • Assessing safety and risk
  • Mitigating risk around drugs and alcohol
  • Emergency first aid provision
  • Positive role modelling, including identifying positive role models
  • Strategies for keeping self healthy
  • Accessing help and support

These workshops for young players are complemented by community outreach activities at local sports game days or training sessions as well as the implementation of information sessions for coaching/management staff, parents and carers that aim to increase the knowledge and skills of those supporting young sportspeople.

Sports AWARE Package Inclusions:

  • 1 x 1-hour face-to-face consultation with young players to help us to identify their specific needs
  • 2 x 1-hour face-to-face interactive education workshops for young players
  • A supporter information session for parents and carers and/or coaches/club staff (online or face-to-face)
  • An interactive outreach activity with promotional item giveaways (game day event stall or training session visit)

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Interested in booking Sports AWARE or want more information about the project? Contact Youth Solutions’ Manager Programs Sam Young: | 02 4628 2319

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Funding and support

Youth Solutions is funded by NSW Health | South Western Sydney Local Health District.

Sports AWARE is kindly supported and funded by Wests Group Macarthur. Youth Solutions thanks Wests Group Macarthur for partnering with us to develop and deliver this exciting and much-needed project.

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