Old Xaverians Football Club Player WellBeing Policy
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Old Xaverians Football Club is committed to offering off-field support to our players by providing access to information, materials and support to assist them in player health, wellbeing, employment and education.
Through the player wellbeing policy, players can seek support on any issues, such as:
- Employment and education
- Drugs and alcohol
- Financial matters
- Anxiety and depression
- Personal relationships
Player WellBeing Policy
Policy Objective and Intent
To provide an environment for all players at the Old Xaverians Football Club to be valued and supported in their on-field endeavours and off field well-being, by having access to information, materials and support to enable them to take responsibility for their decision and their actions on and off the field.
Specifically, this objective aims to provide information for our players to consider in the areas of health and well-being, career and further education planning.
The intent of the club's commitment, through the actions of our stakeholders, is to maintain the Jesuit ethos of support for others in need, in order to enhance the wellbeing of our players and the reputation of our football Club.
Player WellBeing Stakeholders
To feel confident that they can seek assistance by engaging with club officials knowing that their well-being needs will be treated in line with our Code of Conduct and the Player Well-being Policy. While players will be provided access to information and resources, it is their individual responsibility to optimise the use of this support.
Our Committee and Management
To be available as points of contact for our players by providing information and access to resources to assist individual player well-being issues in line with our Code of Conduct and the Player Wellbeing Policy.
Our Coaches and Team Management
To encourage Players, under their direction, that they are accessible as initial points of contact for individual player well-being needs. To be aware and observe any player issues or concerns that may benefit via further engagement with the Player Wellbeing Committee Representative or other members of the OXFC Committee or OXFC Management.
Our Club Sponsors
To be available to engage with OXFC Management and Committee Representatives to consider specific well-being issues, such as job opportunities, that may benefit individual players resulting from their additional support.
Our Player Families
To be willing and able to engage with Club Committee Representatives, Club Management, Coaches and Team Management where they may require to seek assistance.
Player WellBeing: Resources and Information
Central to the effectiveness of providing well-being support to our players will be easy access to information and resources for player use in the areas of health, well being, employment and education needs.
Ideally our resources and information are designed to encourage not only player use but also player responsibility in utilising the information for its intended purpose. That is, while the club is committed to provide support to our players, our players must also accept that they have a responsibility by their own actions if they are to optimize the information and resources available to support their wellbeing.
Our players may access information in the well being areas of:
- Employment and Education
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Anxiety and Depression
- Financial Matters
- Personal Relationships
Any queries regarding this policy may be directed to our General Manager or the Player Well-being Representative of the Committee.
Policy Content Responsibility
It is the responsibility of the Player Well-being representative of the Committee to maintain the content contained within the policy and update information and resource materials in line with OXFC Committee protocol.
As part of our commitment to supporting the well being of our players, both on an off the field, it is important to clarify the extent to which all players are covered by the insurance coverage made available by the club.
The extent of insurance coverage is limited and all players are recommended to consider additional, personal insurance coverage, if they believe the limited cover available does not adequately their future needs.
At present, all players are covered by the following VAFA Insurance Programme:
Player Injury & Accident:
Medical expenses up to $2,000, Paraplegia/Quadriplegia $1,000,000, Accidental Death and loss of use $100,000
This means that there is no cover for loss of income/wages or ambulance coverage.
The clubs capacity to pay the insurance premium is funded, in part, from player subscriptions each season. It is important to note that player subscriptions also contribute significantly to football club apparel (both on and off field) as well as our registration to be affiliated with the VAFA.
Clearly without the significant financial assistance of our sponsors and fund raising activities we would not be able to field our 7 teams to meet the costs associated with participating in the VAFA.
Therefore, the OXFC Committee has taken a decision to encourage all players to consider subscribing to appropriate private health insurance, ambulance cover and income protection, where necessary.
This decision has been taken to minimise increasing costs to Player Subscriptions, which would be required in the event that further medical/injury top cover insurance was to be paid by the club.
You may wish to contact Honan Insurance, a sponsor of the Old Xavs, for further personal insurance information.
Old Xaverians Football Club provides an environment for all our players to be valued and supported in their on-field endeavours and off field well-being, by having access to information, materials and support to enable them to take responsibility for their decision and their actions on and off the field.
Drugs & Alcohol
An area of emerging awareness is the impact of drugs and excessive alcohol consumption in the community and it is important that we acknowledge the need to be proactive to inform you of your responsibilities in this regard.
As a member of the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) we fully support and commit to the VAFA Drugs Policy which the OXFC have adopted as a specific club policy. This policy relates to both performance enhancing and illicit drug use.
ASADA implements an intelligence-based testing program, working with sports to target athletes and competitions at highest risk in an effort to deter and detect doping. It is important for athletes to understand that ASADA can conduct testing on any athlete who participates in a sport with an anti-doping policy. Every athlete, regardless of the level of competition, has the right to compete in a sport free from doping.
The VAFA and the Old Xaverians Football Club fully endorses ASADA's view on drugs and adopts the AFL Anti-Doping Code. Under the policy, ASADA could test VAFA players and if they do attend training or match day, players notified of their requirement for a doping test must comply with the request.
Where illicit drug use or excessive alcohol consumption at a club event is understood to have occurred by a player, the matter will be investigated and, where required, a disciplinary hearing will be conducted. Such disciplinary hearings will be co-ordinated by the Player Well Being representative of the OXFC Committee to ensure fairness and confidentiality.
Any player found guilty of illicit drug use will be disciplined upon a recommendation from the Disciplinary hearing and subsequent approval of the OXFC President.
Our aim is to assist with providing a point of initial contact for players, coaches and committee to access in order to enable further appropriate advice and counsel to be provided. Any player experiencing difficulty with drugs and alcohol is encouraged to contact your Player Well Being representative, Paul Lefebvre, who can be contacted on 0408 036 046 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul is available for any player, coach for a confidential discussion on any of these important well being issues.
An area of emerging awareness is the impact of drugs in the community and it is important that we acknowledge the need to be proactive to inform you of your responsibilities in this regard.
The VAFA and OXFC acknowledges its role in dealing with the issue of drugs within Australian Football.
It is not feasible for the VAFA to test its players; however the VAFA and OXFC strongly agree that the competition should be played on the basis of athletic prowess and natural levels of fitness and development and not on any pharmacologically enhanced basis.
The VAFA and OXFC believe the only legitimate use of drugs in sport is under the supervision of a physician for a clinically justified purpose.
The VAFA prohibits the use of performance enhancing substances and adopts the AFL Anti-Doping Code.
The VAFA and OXFC will endeavour to:
(a) increase education of our playing group in relation to the dangers of illicit drugs and protect players from the risk of acute or long term harm to their bodies;
(b) increase education of the public at large in relation to the dangers of illicit drugs and set a positive example for young athletes and others in the community; and
(c) support the drug testing and education initiatives of WADA, ASADA and other drug testing authorities.
The AFL's Anti-Doping Code can be found by clicking on the link below:
Players are strongly encouraged to contact our Player Well Being representative, Paul Lefebvre, on 0408 036 046 or via email email@example.com for confidential discussions and further information.
If you would like some assistance we will do the best we can to assist you by providing a supportive and confidential environment to discuss any issues or seek information to support your health, wellbeing, employment and education.