South Bunbury Football Club choose respect on and off the field

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FOOTBALL: While normally a sport that can get a bit rough, the team at the South Bunbury Football Club are set to become the first Australian Rules Football Team to embrace the Choose Respect message.

The club is the latest to join a long list of local sporting organisations adopting Choose Respect to provide a more positive, fun and inclusive culture for all involved in their sport.

While some Australian Rules players might still have a reputation for rowdy behaviour, the Tigers are looking to change that mindset and have started promoting Choose Respect in their player information booklet and educating their players and members about the importance of respect.

Club general manager Larry Gleeson said last month the players took part in a Choose Respect training session.

“We are aiming to create a more modern football club building on our history but adopting new initiatives which will help to strengthen the club,” Gleeson said.

“South Bunbury is performing well as a club and I think we can build on what is happening in the community with Choose Respect to make a difference to the way players interact with others.”

Bunbury Respect Inc chairman Peter Rigden said he was delighted to see a local football club taking on the initiative with such enthusiasm.

“As a school principal I see students and young people looking up to senior sports players in our community and basing their behaviour on what they see,” Rigden said.

“Choose Respect reminds these players that they are all role models and encourages them to set a good example.”

South Bunbury Football Club has followed the lead of the Bunbury and Districts Hockey Association who adopted Choose Respect last year.

Association president Dean Lomax spoke to the South Bunbury players at the workshop and said the Choose Respect code of behaviour gave players and officials an alternative way to work through problems.

To find out more about Choose Respect in Bunbury email bunburyrespect@gmail.com or call 0409 167 804.

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Story from Bunbury Mail By ANDREW ELSTERMANN May 14, 2014, 10:07 a.m.