Gungahlin Jets named Healthy Eating Club of the Year
The Gungahlin Jets Juniors Australian Football Club have been named the Good Sports Healthy Eating Club of the Year.
Aimee Kable, Fundraising and Volunteer Coordinator and Rachel Bee, Canteen Manager, attended the presentation ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
Terry Evans, Vice President of the Junior Committee has welcomed the title and attributed the success to the club’s values and the fantastic volunteers at their Amaroo canteen.
‘This award is a reflection of our club’s commitment to making our club a safer and more inclusive club community,’ he said.
The canteen has become a focal point to the Jets game day environment and has overcome some ‘interesting’ barriers. Earlier in the year, a bobcat threatened business by destroying the front of shop but this did not discourage the efforts of the Jets.
The Good Sports Healthy Eating Club of the Year is awarded to a club that inspires change through the promotion of healthy food and beverages. The Club’s menu was specifically created to provide players, parents and spectators with nutritious options and also educate and encourage the community to make better choices.
“We have added a large selection of healthy options to the menu. Soft drink sizes have been limited to smaller 200ml cans, sugar free drinks, vegetable chips (don’t tell the kids), salad rolls, risotto’s and pasta’s and of course a large selection of fresh fruit” Evans said.
The canteen isn’t the only initiative underway. The Jets have big plans for 2018 with the development of a Jets Junior Policy on ‘half time snacks’. This will look to move away from the traditional expectation of lollies and introduce fresh fruits, like watermelon during break times.
“Above all, it is about creating a fun and enjoyable environment, where everyone is welcome no matter what their skill, encouraging parental involvement and promoting kids sport.” Evans said.
AFL Canberra congratulates the Gungahlin Jets on this incredible achievement.