The Australian Hotel Cooma Cats Football Club has been acknowledged by two separate national bodies for its efforts in enhancing club administrative and governance processes over the past 12 months.
The Australian Football League (AFL) has awarded the Cats a Bronze Accreditation Status under its national Quality Club Program.
The Quality Club Program has been developed and implemented by the AFL's national governing body as a way to encourage and assist clubs across all levels of football to improve their club operations and environment.
Cooma Cats president Stu Wood said the AFL's Quality Club Program was a targeted education and competency-based program through which clubs were required to address a broad range of administrative criteria in order to meet certain national standards.
"By meeting these national standards, local clubs like the Cooma Cats are ensuring they are doing everything in their power to provide a safe and well administered environment for people to be involved in AFL football," Mr Wood said.
"And from the AFL's perspective, the program provides an opportunity for small clubs like the Cats to achieve a minimum standard of club administration and to recognise and reward those clubs," he said.
There are three levels of accreditation under the AFL's Quality Club Program: Bronze level to recognise good club administration; Silver level to recognise excellent club administration; and Gold level to recognise exceptional club administration
The Cooma Cats have now been formally acknowledged by the AFL for achieving the Bronze level of accreditation.
The components of the accreditation include Club Administration and Governance (including incorporation, financial management, codes of conduct), football environment (including Food Serving, Alcohol Management, Risk Management, Racial & Religious Tolerance Policy, Social Environments), game environments (including Coaching Accreditation), Volunteer Management and Community Relationships.
Mr Wood said now that the club had achieved Bronze accreditation under the AFL Quality Clubs Program, it would endeavour to achieve the next level of accreditation over the coming years.
Meanwhile, the Australian Drug Foundation has awarded the Cooma Cats the Good Sports Club of the Year 2012for the NSW South Eastern Region.
The Cats were honoured with the award for their commitment to alcohol management including initiatives such as ceasing alcohol sales at matches and family events, safe transport strategies, encouragement of responsible drinking practises and promoting non-alcoholic fund raising opportunities.
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They were also the first club in the NSW South Eastern region to reach level 2 accreditation as part of the Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sportsprogram making them true leaders in alcohol management in the area.
"This award is great recognition of the efforts of everyone involved with the club in further developing our aim of being a family-focused club," Mr Wood said.
"The responsible alcohol management policy and practises as promoted by the Good Sports Club program are something we firmly embrace."
The Good Sports Club program works with sporting clubs across Australia to manage alcohol and to create more safe, healthy, family-friendly environments. It aims to reduce alcohol-related harms both within the club and wider community. More than 5,000 community sporting clubs are involved with the program around Australia.
The Awards aim to celebrate Good Sports clubs who have gone above and beyond in promoting the values of the program.
Mr Woods said that while the Cooma Cats were only a small club, "we place a great amount of value on ensuring we are meeting our own objectives of being a well run, family-friendly club which represents our community in a positive way."
"Both the Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sports and AFL's Quality Club programs are providing us with a great guidance and motivational tool to achieve this", he said.