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Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Netball Club (FGFC)

Building strong and connected communities is important for everyone. Local footy clubs provide an opportunity to bring people together, increase participation in sport, promote social connection and create a sense of belonging. Research tells us that all these elements protect children, young people and adults from social isolation, alcohol and other drug use and poor mental/physical health.

The 'Our Club': A Place for Everyone Initiative undertook a Club Engagement Survey in June 2020 to find out how Eastern Football Netball League (EFNL) clubs are keeping members, supporters and the community connected whilst football was on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions being in place.

Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Netball Club (FGFC) had in place the following initiatives:

  • Good Sports Club (Level 3) - FGFC are a member of the good sports club which helps the club to develop good policies to promote healthy sporting clubs.
  • Club Values - one of their club values is inclusiveness. The club prides its self on the fact that they are an inclusive club with boys, girls and their all abilities team all taking equal importance in the club.
  • SALT Courses - Each year the club facilitates SALT courses with their players and coaches on various topics for e.g. drugs and alcohol, mental health etc. The SALT courses are always well received by the players and coaches and it demonstrates that the club cares about players and coaches wellbeing.

FGFC is working hard on the culture within the club, acknowledging this takes time and a lot of dedication. The Club wants families to know that the club is a place where they can get support when needed.

Club website: Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Netball Club

Resource: 'Our Club': A Place for Everyone Initiative