Alcohol Policy

Our commitment

Our club supports the responsible consumption of alcohol and takes seriously any inappropriate behaviour that results from excessive drinking.

What we will do

Serving Alcohol

Alcohol will be served in compliance with the requirements of our club’s liquor licence and in accordance with the safety and wellbeing of patrons.

All employees, or volunteers will be trained in the Responsible Service of Alcohol.

The liquor licence will be displayed at the bar.
Excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol will be discouraged.

A person aged under 18 will not be permitted to be behind the bar under any circumstances.

A committee member will be present at events where alcohol is served.
Intoxicated patrons.

Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated. Signs of intoxication include slurred speech, impaired balance, poor coordination, reduced inhibition, aggressive, belligerent and disrespectful behaviour.
Servers will follow procedures, provided in their training by the Liquor Licensing Commission, for dealing with and refusing alcohol to intoxicated patrons.

Intoxicated patrons will be asked to leave. Safe travel options will be suggested.

Underage drinking

People aged under 18 will not knowingly be served alcohol.
Staff will request proof of age, where appropriate, and only photo ID will be accepted.

Safe transport

We will prominently display taxi phone numbers in the venue.
Club members and bar staff will encourage intoxicated patrons to take safe transport home.
Food and other drinks

A range of snacks will be available when alcohol is served.
The club will provide a selection of low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks, such as fruit juice and soft drink, at the bar and at social functions. Free jugs of water will also be available.

Promoting the responsible use of alcohol

Posters about responsible drinking and standard drinks measures will be prominently displayed.

We will educate members and supporters about our alcohol policy through our website, newsletter and other club communication.

What we ask you to do

All members, patrons and sporting personnel are required to comply with the following.

  • Under no Circumstance bring alcohol onto the premises for consumption. It is a breach of the Clubs Liquor License for any person to bring alcohol onto the premises. Severe penalties may apply including suspension of membership to any person in breach of this rule.
  • Drink and behave responsibly at all club functions, events and away trips.
  • Do not supply alcohol to team members if they are aged under 18.
  • Do not drink alcohol at the club, club functions, matches or while away on trips if you are aged under 18.
  • Do not encourage others to drink alcohol excessively.
  • Do not spike another person’s drink.

The club will take action for breaches of behaviour and responsibilities outlined in this policy.

If members or sporting personnel become drunk at the club or other social events they will be asked to leave. Ongoing instances of intoxication will be in breach of our Code of Behaviour and can result in disciplinary action (e.g. suspension or termination of membership).

Spiking of drinks is a criminal offence that can be reported to police by victims. It can lead to serious police charges being laid against the offender/s. Separate action can be taken as a breach of our state sporting organisation’s and our club’s Member Protection Policy to provide for the protection, safety and welfare of members.

Serving alcohol to a minor is a criminal offence that can be reported to the police and the relevant liquor licensing authority by victims and their parents. It can lead to heavy fines. Separate action can be taken as a breach of our state sporting organisation’s and our club’s Member Protection Policy to provide for the protection, safety and welfare of
Any person aged under 18 found to have consumed alcohol while at a club function or on a trip in the care of the club (e.g. while attending a country carnival) may be suspended for the remainder of the competition/tournament. The young person’s parents shall be advised and will be responsible for getting their son/daughter home at their own

Any member or sporting personnel found to have behaved inappropriately because of over-consumption of alcohol (e.g. sexual harassment, verbal abuse, physical assault, neglect of a child) will face disciplinary action as outlined in our Member Protection Policy or Code of Behaviour.

This information provided by Play by the Rules is not intended as a substitute for legal or other professional advice.

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Smoke Free Policy

The Club recognises that passive smoking is hazardous to those non-smoking club members and visitors around them. Patrons have the right to be protected from exposure to tobacco smoke. Smoke-free areas, are designed to protect the health of children and people with pre-existing conditions. Smoke Free Areas also increase the comfort and enjoyment for all people using public spaces, especially spaces that may be crowded or where people congregate.   Accordingly, the following policy shall apply to all club facilities, functions, meetings and activities undertaken by the club and will apply to all members, officials, players and club visitors.


The following areas of the club shall be completely smoke free!

  • Jet Park Clubrooms,
  • Canteen,
  • BBQ Area,
  • Foyer and toilets, and
  • Player/Referee change rooms.

Cigarettes will not be sold (including vending machines) at any time at or by the club.

Players, Officials & Coaches

Coaches, players, trainers, volunteers and officials will refrain from smoking and remain smoke free while involved in an official capacity for the club, on and off the field.


Smokers must dispose of cigarette butts properly and safely in the bins provided.


A person must not smoke within 10 metres of children’s playground equipment located in a public area.

Who will enforce this law?

Authorised officers under the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 will be responsible for enforcing this law.

What is the fine?

An expiation notice of $75 can be issued. The maximum fine is $200.

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Child Safe Policy

This outlines a Child Safe Policy that complies with Section 8C of the Children’s Protection Act 1993. This policy is adapted to reflect the size and nature of Modbury Soccer Club.


This policy was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of Modbury Soccer Club to child safety and establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments.


This policy reflects our commitment to provide a safe environment where every person has the right to be treated with respect and is safe and protected from harm.

It complies with our obligations under the Children’s Protection Act 1993, including:

Section 8B – 8D – child safe environments and criminal history assessments for people working with children; and
Section 11 – Mandatory reporting.

It also complies with the Child safe environments: Principles of good practice and Child safe environments: Standards for dealing with information obtained about the criminal history of employees and volunteers who work with children issued by the Chief Executive. (Section 8A, Children’s Protection Act 1993).


This policy, from the date of endorsement, applies to all people involved in the organisation, including:

  • employees (permanent and casual)
  • volunteers
  • contractors
  • sub-contractors
  • work experience students
  • indirect service providers
  • any other individual involved in this organisation

Note: In this policy, the term “employee” is intended to cover all persons occupying any position listed above

Commitment to child safety

All children who come to Modbury Soccer Club have a right to feel and be safe.  We are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people accessing our services and the welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where all children are valued and feel safe.

We have appointed a child safety officer as a first point of contact to provide advice and support to children, parents, employees and volunteers regarding the safety and well-being of children in our organisation.

This policy was developed in collaboration with all our employees, volunteers, the children who use our services and their parents.

Children’s participation

Modbury Soccer Club encourages and respects the views of children and young people who access our services.  We listen to and act upon any concerns that children, young people or their families raise with us. We teach children what they can do if they feel unsafe.

We ensure that children, young people and their families know their rights and how to access the complaints procedures available to them.

We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices.

Recruitment practices

Modbury Soccer Club takes all reasonable steps to ensure that it engages the most suitable and appropriate people to work with children. We employ a range of screening measures and apply best practice standards in the screening and recruitment of employees and volunteers. We interview and conduct referee checks on all employees.
We conduct criminal history assessment for people working with children, as set out in Section 8B of the Children’s Protection Act 1993.  Criminal history assessments are required for anyone within our organisation that:

  • has regular contact with children and is not directly supervised at all times
  • works in close proximity to children on a regular basis and is not directly supervised at all times; or
  • supervises or manages persons who have regular contact with children,  or work in close proximity to children on a regular basis, or has access to sensitive records relating to children or young people.

Exemptions from this requirement may apply in some circumstances.

We ensure that criminal history information is dealt with in accordance with the Child Safe Environments: Standards for dealing with information obtained about the criminal history of employees and volunteers who work with children, issued pursuant to Section 8A, Children’s Protection Act 1993.

Codes of Conduct

All members are made aware of, and must abide by the Club’s Codes of Conduct.  Our Codes of Conduct are ongoing in development, in collaboration with all our employees, volunteers, the children who use our services and their parents.

  • Player Code of Conduct
  • Senior Players – Rules and Responsibilities – 2009
  • Codes of Behaviour:
    1. General Principles
    2. Coaches
    3. Administrators
    4. Parents
    5. Spectators.

Support for employees and volunteers

Modbury Soccer Club seeks to attract and retain the best employees and volunteers.  We provide support and supervision so people feel valued, respected and fairly treated.  We ensure that employees/volunteers who work with children have ongoing supervision, support and training so that their capacity is developed and enhanced to promote the establishment and maintenance of a child safe environment.

Information about making appropriate reports of abuse or neglect is available from the Families SA website.

Modbury Soccer Club will not tolerate incidents of child abuse.

All employees and volunteers understand their obligation to notify the Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78 as soon as practicable if they have a reasonable suspicion that a child has been, or is being, abused or neglected.

From time to time we provide opportunities for employees to attend information sessions about these mandatory reporting obligations (Note:  offering formal training for staff and volunteers is not a legal requirement).  We also ensure that employees have access to relevant information resources such as:

  • Child safe environment: Guidelines for mandated notifiers and information for organisations (available to view or download from
  • Department for Child Protection reporting child abuse website
  • Free online SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma)
  • Learning package, developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation

We ensure that support is also available for the employee making the report, particularly where an ongoing service is provided to the child, young person and their family.

Supporting children, young people and their families

Child Protection is everyone’s responsibility. Modbury Soccer Club recognises that even where a report is made, we may still have a role in supporting the child or young person.

In addition to making a report to the Child Abuse Report Line, employees and volunteers must also report to Leanne O’Connor or any member of the Executive Committee if reasonable suspicion is formed that a child has been, or is being, abused or neglected by another member, employee, or volunteer.

In response to any report to management concerning a member, employee or volunteer of this organisation, management may determine to take disciplinary action.

Other protective actions may also be introduced to ensure the safety of children and young people within our organisation.

Last modified: August 5, 2022

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