Smokefree Sports Club

Smokefree Sports Club

Sport is a large contributor to everyday life in New Zealand, enriching our communities in so many ways. It raises enjoyment levels and health outcomes, and contributes to a sense of belonging and community spirit. Sports clubs are central to making this happen.

How to Make Your Sports Club Smokefree

Becoming smokefree does not have to be difficult. Some options are outlined below but isn't the only way that it can be done. A tailored approach can be developed for each unique club.
Contact Smokefree Canterbury to find out more or phone 03 364 1777.

The law requires that all indoor areas be smokefree.  However the club can extend this to cover the grounds as well and actively promote a smokefree culture.

Get a Policy

A key step in becoming a smokefree club is to develop a policy. This gives you a clear foundation and commitment in the long term. It can be reviewed regularly and have timeframes associated with certain actions/aspects.

You can also use the policy to show that the club is supportive of people making quit attempts, and where support can be accessed.

The policy can outline why, how and what you are going to do to be a smokefree club. e.g.

  • All buildings are smokefree
  • All grounds are smokefree
  • Grounds when games are being played are smokefree
  • What are your expectations of spectators, visiting clubs, coaches, players, supporters, club staff, volunteers etc.
  • Quit support that is available

Here is a sample policy: Policy PDF Format | Policy Word Format

Inform your club community and guests

Let people know that you are a smokefree club and why. The ‘why’ will help people understand the reason you have taken this great step. It is important that you communicate this frequently and in a number of ways. Thank them for respecting the policy.

Remember that your club community includes committee members, players, spectators, coaches, managers, volunteers, referees/umpires, ground staff, cleaners, bar staff, caterers, and suppliers.

Key approaches to inform people about the policy include:

  • Signs: Order free smokefree signs and quit resources from Community and Public Health or phone (03) 364 1777. Display these prominently around your club.
  • Other clubs: Let the other clubs you play know about your clubs’ smokefree status and ask that they respect this when playing at your ground/club. They may be interested to go smokefree themselves.
  • Public Announcements: Public announcements can be made regularly and when opportunities arise. Announce regularly over the sound system (if you have one) that your club is Smokefree. Even better, ask local smokefree heroes to make the announcement so everyone listens.
  • Occasions: Reinforce and thank players, spectators, coaches etc at prize givings, briefings, and registration.
  • Documents: Include smokefree information in all newsletters, bulletins, invoices and participation packs.

    1. Possible information for parents/supporters:
      We are a Smokefree/Auahi Kore club. That means no smoking within our buildings and grounds or whilst representing the club. We ask all players, parents and supporters to respect this policy by not smoking on the premises and at games or when wearing the clubs uniform and/or conducting club business. If you would like help to quit smoking go to to find out more about the support available.
    2. Possible information for players:
      We are a Smokefree/Auahi Kore club........... As a registered player you are required to be smokefree when........

  • Logos: Smokefree logos can be used by anyone and are widely recognised and understood. Feel free to attach smokefree logos to club documents, signage, uniforms, certificates etc.
    Download logos from the Smokefree 2025 website.
  • Contracts: Consider adding clauses to the contracts of coaches and managers that they must be Smokefree, and to the contracts you use when hiring out your facility. 

    1. An example for coaches:
      Apart from a parent, a coach can be one of the most influential people in a young person’s life.  As a role model for our players please support our smokefree club policy. We encourage all coaches to be smokefree and ask those who smoke not to whilst on club premises and grounds or when  representing the club.
    2. An example for managers:
      To support our smokefree club policy we encourage all managers to be smokefree and ask those who smoke not to, while on club premises and grounds and while representing the club.
    3. Premises hire:
      State in your documentation when you hire out your facility that “Our club is totally smokefree.  We ask that this policy is respected by ensuring that there is no smoking on the premises and grounds.
  • Pledges: Develop a pledge form to show the commitment of people to your smokefree club. Encourage all members, coaches, managers and supporters to sign it. Think about making this a requirement for all players at registration. Present or display these pledges.
    View an example of a smokefree pledge.
  • Media: Local media may be interested in what you are doing and gives you an opportunity to get some free publicity for your club.
  • Quit Support: Providing information about quit support is important to show that people are still valued and important to the club even if they smoke. Support options can be added to newsletters, the policy, announcements etc. Local quit/cessation services may be able to attend your first few games as a smokefree club so you can offer people support, as well as registration evenings. If people don't want to quit and are finding it difficult to make it through the game, you could provide information on nicotine replacement therapies which will help their cravings.