"A Grade" on and off the Field

18 July 2013

Football clubs provide a valuable social and sporting environment for community members.

With the large number of people attending games, collectively and individually, we have the ability to influence acceptable community behaviour.

Over recent times there has been a particular focus on the match day environment both on and off the field. Through the influence of sport, as a society we have come some way in addressing racial and other vilification. The awakening for many resulting from the recent Adam Goodes dramas, is that individuals can feel vilified based on their own life experiences.

As a football community we should acknowledge and consider what is acceptable and whether its appropriate. To allow everyone to have a positive football experience, before we abuse an umpire, an opposition player or a fellow spectator, consider the potential consequences on those individuals and ultimately our game.

Umpiring will always be contentious due to rule and interpretation changes, and everyone has an opinion, however we need to treat umpires with respect. 

Every club wants more umpires, members and spectators coming to the game, but attendance doesn’t provide a licence to abuse individuals, it’s not acceptable behaviour in the street and we don’t want it at the football. 

Whether it be at senior, junior or auskick level, we hope that umpires, players, spectators and parents all have a positive experience, and one that ensures they return the next week. 

So at St Bernard’s lets continue to barrack strongly and passionately, but let us all do so in fairness and in good spirit.

Let’s set the aim and ensure we are "A Grade on and off the Field". Thanks and Regards. 

The Committee.