University Azzurri FC first Australian soccer club to say NO MORE to family violence
University Azzurri Football Club has become the first Australian soccer club to develop an in-house domestic violence action plan.
The plan outlines the club’s stance on family and domestic violence and demonstrates their commitment to educating players in the lead up to the 2016 season.
John Kassaras President of University Azzurri FC said the club was proud to join the NO MORE campaign.
“There is absolutely no excuse for family or domestic violence and our club believes implementing an action plan will ensure our members have the necessary resources to address the issue head on.
“Family and domestic violence is a community wide problem requiring a community wide approach to resolve. We call on other community clubs to follow our lead so collectively we can begin to make a real difference in the greater community.” said Mr Kassaras.
Part of the plan involves education sessions run by NO MORE campaign workers to inform players of the different types of abuse, how to look for warning signs, and where club members can seek help if they are experiencing or committing violence.
NO MORE campaign founder Charlie King said it was great to see University Azzurri FC taking a stand to help break the cycle of family and domestic violence.
“They are sending a strong message to their sporting community leading up to the holiday season, a time when we historically see a spike in family violence incidents.” said Mr King.
Craig Chapman, CEO of Football Federation NT said University Azzurri FC has displayed strong leadership with the FFA’s national club accreditation scheme, Good Sports accreditation and now with their support of the NO MORE campaign.
Uni Azzurri have a NO MORE family violence sign displayed at their home ground to remind all members and visitors that the club takes a strong stand against family and domestic violence.
Pictured: John Kassaras President of University Azzurri FC