St George Saints: not your ordinary club
Rugby League: Securing a solid club foundation in its 100th year is a priority for the St George Saints and the committee is prepared to work closely with its players to ensure it happens.
With the first game of the season approaching, players and committee members took the opportunity on Sunday to show the local community they weren't just a sports club.
Club president Kelvin Bella said the club hoped to run community-style working bees throughout the year, to give back to the town that had never failed to support them.
"One of the most important things is we feel a need to be a part of the community,” Bella said.
"Care Balonne helped arrange properties for us to go to and the majority of the work was yard work.
"There are people in the community who find it tough to get it done.”
Club secretary Majella Morris told the Beacon she had received positive feedback from those who benefited from the Sunday morning work.
"The people we helped were so appreciative of our efforts,” Morris said.
"We wanted to get ourselves out into the public, show we can give something back to the community.
"We had five committee members, an A-grade player and two under-16s.”
The successful community outreach program followed the club's plans for a community-integrated unit outlined at last Tuesday's induction evening.
"The idea of the meeting was not only to induct players with our agreements and new policies but to give them an overview of insurance and mental health,” Bella said.
"We as a club are keen to move into a new player agreement, what's available for them and what the code of conduct is.”
A first for the club, Kelvin Duiker has taken on the role of welfare officer, with an intention to support players in any capacity they need.
"If our players have any issues, whether that be drug, alcohol, family or gambling, they can now come to us and we can point them in the right direction,” Bella said.
"We have our own policies in place to help. We are all about the players and we as administration are working with them to form a successful club.”
In another first, Bella hoped to get the club accredited through Good Sports and adopt a supportive environment around drugs and alcohol.
"As our junior players come through we want parents to say 'we want our kids to play at this accredited club',” he said.
"We have the roadmap, we just need the accreditation.”