Introduction

This policy provides the basis for the responsible use of alcohol by New Lambton Football Club (NLFC) and is seen as fundamental to the aims of the club.

The club recognises the importance of holding a liquor licence, enabling it to generate income and provide a social setting on game days.  All functions programmed outside of scheduled game days will be planned and approved by the Club Executive and in consultation with our sponsor – the Blackbutt Hotel. In doing so however, we accept the responsibilities and expectations of the community in adhering to liquor licensing laws.

To ensure the Club’s objectives (see NLFC Strategic Plan of NLFC are upheld and that alcohol is managed responsibly by the club and its members, the following requirements will apply when alcohol is served at the club or during a club function.

Application

The club will only serve alcohol under a limited license (multi-function) as approved by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gambling and Racing (OLGR) and will adhere to the limits advised in this license. This means that:

Policy Promotion

The Club will promote the alcohol management policy regularly by:

The Club recognises the importance of educating club members, particularly players, about the benefits of an alcohol management policy and will endeavour to provide information to assist this process.

Committee Policy Management

The presence of committee members at designated functions is essential to ensure the operation of the serving point and compliance with this policy. At least two committee members are required to be present at all club functions when the serving point is open. Key responsibilities of the duty committee members are to:

Serving Alcohol

Alcohol will be served in accordance legal requirements, in alignment with Club strategic objectives and with the safety and wellbeing of patrons as the priority.  This includes:

Underage Drinking

Alcohol Alternatives

The Club recognises that alcohol is not the only revenue stream available and actively encourages the sales of alternative products to that of alcohol.  This includes:

Intoxicated Patrons

Safe Transport

At functions where the Club’s license is in use (i.e. on game days) and an intoxicated person is identified and requiring transport from the ground, the Club’s RSA trained person at the ground will call a taxi and assist that person until the taxi arrives.

Smoke-Free

The Club has a (separate) Smoke-Free Policy that is reviewed regularly in conjunction with this Alcohol Policy.

Non Compliance

All club committee members will enforce the alcohol management policy and any non-compliance, particularly in regard to Licencing Laws will be handled according to the following process:

  1. Explanation of the club policy to the person/people concerned, including identification of the section of policy not being complied with
  2. Continued non-compliance with the policy should be handled by at least two RSA trained members of the Club who will use their discretion as to the action taken, which may include asking the person/ people to leave the club facilities or function.  This may also require the involvement of the Police.

Non-compliance on a moderate or large scale (e.g. at a game and where the Club’s credibility is damaged in the community) will be investigated by the Club’s Executive and the necessary actions will be taken to preserve the Club’s image and mandate.

Policy Review

This policy will be reviewed bi-monthly for the first year and then annually thereafter to ensure it remains relevant to club operations and reflects both community expectations and legal requirements.