NLFC Policy – Alcohol

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:

  • Alcohol will only be served at a location and time where no junior football is underway (includes pack up).
  • Alcohol will only be served at Alder Park during Senior Football games – 1.00-5.00pm
  • Each event is individually recognised by the Executive and local authorities are notified.
  • Any event to be held away from the regular home ground (Alder Park) of senior football at New Lambton Football Club will be subject to submission and discretion of the Executive.

Policy Promotion

The Club will promote the alcohol management policy regularly by:

  • Putting a copy of the policy in club communications, e.g. newsletters, website and printed member/ player information
  • Displaying a copy of the policy in the club social areas
  • Periodic announcements to members at functions.
  • An email of this policy will be sent to all senior managers to forward to their teams.

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:

  • Ensuring strict compliance with all sections of this policy in accordance with legal requirements
  • Compliance in respect of persons under 18 years of age on premises
  • Meet visiting police, cooperate and assist with any inquiries
  • Recording any incidents in the incident register

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:

  • The Club maintains a current appropriate Liquor Licence
  • Only RSA trained servers will serve alcohol
  • The Liquor Licence and all legal signage will be displayed at the serving point
  • Information posters about Standard Drink measures will be displayed at serving points
  • Names of RSA trained serving point staff will be displayed
  • When serving non pre-packaged alcohol, standard drink measures will be served at all times
  • No single shots of alcohol will be sold or provided
  • Alcohol servers will not consume alcohol when on duty
  • People under 18 will not serve or be served alcohol
  • The club does not encourage excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol
  • An incident register shall be maintained and any incident recorded.

Underage Drinking

  • Alcohol will not be served to persons aged under 18
  • Servers and committee members will ask for proof of age whenever necessary or whenever in doubt
  • Only photo ID’s will be accepted as ‘proof of age’.
  • Patrons found to be providing alcohol to minors will be asked to leave the premises and the matter investigated by the NLFC Executive.

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:

  • Tap water is provided free of charge (where available)
  • At least four non-alcoholic drinks and one low-alcoholic drink options are always available and are at least 10% cheaper than full strength drinks 
  • Substantial food is available when the serving point is open for more than 90 minutes or more than 15 people are present.
  • The club will NOT use alcohol for player awards and fundraising prizes.
  • Patrons will be offered alternatives to alcohol if RSA holding staff deem necessary.

Intoxicated Patrons

  • Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated or drunk
  • Servers will follow RSA training procedures when refusing service
  • Intoxicated patrons will be asked to leave the premises (after appropriate safe transport options are offered).
  • All refusals of service for intoxication will be registered in an incident report.

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.