Stallions in the spotlight

Documentary film makers, Think Films, were in Cooma last week interviewing members of the Cooma Stallions Rugby League Club for a documentary.

The Stallions are one of a number of clubs across the state being focused on for a short film about the Good Sports program.

The film will detail how the program has helped change the club culture to become more family friendly.

The Stallions won the Good Sports Regional NSW Club of the Year for 2013 implementing measures to provide safe and healthy places for families to enjoy sport.

After joining the program the club reviewed all their activities to make sure that they were as responsible and family-friendly as possible.

They have encouraged responsible drinking practices, trained members in Responsible Service of Alcohol and promoted the program to other clubs in the region.

Club president Craig Schofield spoke about how the drinking culture of the club had changed from the 1980s when he had played to now and how the club had taken steps to be more family friendly.

He said these changes, since joining the Good Sports program, have had a positive impact on the club's reputation in town, which had resulted in more sponsorship and increased membership, as well as better results on the field.

The club was selected by the Australian Drug Foundation to be part of the short film as an example to sporting clubs around Australia.

The film seeks to understand and depict the change which is experienced as a result of participation in the Good Sports program.

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