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Wantirna South Junior Football Club (WSJFC)

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.

Wantirna South Junior Football Club (WSJFC) used social media to keep members informed, ran colouring competitions for junior members and kicking competitions for older members, and emails were sent from the President to keep members informed and up-to-date.

In responding to potential social and health issues arising at the club, WSJFC have a welfare officer at the club and members can contact the officer at any time. A spokesperson for the club said "Sports Clubs will play a large part in integrating the community back together over the next few months".

Club website: Wantirna South Junior Football Club

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