Healthy Ball Parks


Softball New Zealand (SNZ) and the Health Promotion Agency have been working in partnership to create a project that will promote healthier and safer softball environments. 

Currently there is a large recreational focus on sports to provide community identity and a network for social interactions. We need to reassure our community we are working towards a safe sporting environment and promote appropriate behaviour to younger generations.

SNZ has created a campaign termed “Keep our ball parks smokefree and alcohol free”

The overarching goal of “Keep our ball parks smokefree and alcohol free” initiative is to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harm and associated disorders by eliminating the consumption of alcohol and promote a smokefree environment within our community.

The “Keep our ball parks smokefree and alcohol free” objectives are to:
  • Address anti-social behaviour associated with alcohol consumption on sports grounds
  • Restrict the consumption of alcohol to clubrooms (where possible), or develop a stepped process to remove the presence of cigarettes and alcohol at sports grounds
  • Improve the safety of players, officials and spectators on sports grounds through positive sideline behaviour
  • Encourage the safer use and consumption of alcohol consumption within clubrooms
  • Create sustainable behavioural change by changing the emphasis with sport and alcohol through encouragement of community/whanau involvement in sports  clubs.
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As a result of the project we expect to see, behaviour change and policies implemented to support the sustainability of alcohol and smokefree changes within the community environment. This in turn will achieve:

  • Reduced alcohol related harm
  • Reduced tobacco related harm and
  • Provide a safe environment for whanau

The “Keep our ball parks smokefree and alcohol free” logo (below) will be promoted at national tournaments, SNZ website and  where possible to promote healthier softball environments.




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