Old Scotch Soccer Club (OSSC) History

 

Prior to 1981 the school Scotch College had enjoyed considerable success through a number of teams at the highest school level over a number of years. After leaving school, a number of past students were playing at other clubs and were not really experiencing the enjoyment they had reached while playing with their mates at school.

 

It became obvious for a few of those past students that there was room for a soccer club that offered enjoyment of playing with mates at a good standard. So, in 1981, John Bennetts (80), Dave Polmear (80) and Ian Savage a History Teacher (and later Vice Principal) from Scotch College, started the ball rolling. Help from the school was critical and also grass roots involvement from James (Jim) Keep (77), Mick Bannister (80), Rick Fleming (80), Phil Keep (80) and importantly ex School Captain of Hockey, Rod Ferres (80). On the soccer side, Scotch Teacher and first OSSC coach Andy Tait was instrumental in inspiring the ex-students and also contacting players from previous years from school via the Old Scotch Collegians Association (OSCA). Owen Davies (77) was appointed the first club Captain and OSSC was born with a little bit of help from the clubs first real supporters, Tony and Joan Keep. As result, two teams (Firsts and Reserves) joined the Victorian Amateur Soccer Federation in 1982.

 

Although OSSC started out mainly for past students of Scotch College and that remains a pathway today, it was never meant to be that it was exclusively for past students of the school. OSSC exists for any soccer player, potential club member and supporter who enjoys playing or watching the game and also enjoys a true club environment.

 

37 years later, in 2019 OSSC will field 7 men’s senior teams (First and Reserves in State League East Section 2 and the remainder in various Sunday leagues) and 5 junior teams. The home ground is across the road from the school at H A Smith Reserve. All players are welcome, all players pay a membership to play and the culture is about enjoying playing at a relative standard, socialising and forming lasting friendships over a common interest. It has been said by many members that once you join OSSC, no one leaves. With that in mind and with a number of past players reaching an age where playing any longer would be “dangerous” or “ill advised”, on a number of levels, in 2017 a coterie group was formed to aid with support and sponsorship.

 

Old Scotch Soccer Club is truly a community club.

 

For further details regarding teams and training times and the coterie group please contact:

president@ossc.com.au

CLUB RULES AND POLICIES

This policy provides the basis for the responsible use of alcohol by the Old Scotch Soccer Club and is seen as fundamental to the aims of the club.

 

The club recognises the importance of holding a liquor licence, enabling it to generate income and hold social functions. In doing so however, we accept the responsibilities and expectations of the community in adhering to liquor licensing laws and the criteria of the Good Sports program.

 

To ensure the aims of the club are upheld and that alcohol is managed responsibly by the club and its members, the following requirements will apply when alcohol is served at the club or during a club function.

Alcohol will be served according to the legal and moral requirements of the club’s Liquor Licence with the safety and wellbeing of patrons as the priority.

 

  • The club maintains a current appropriate Liquor Licence
  • Only RSA trained personnel will serve alcohol
  • Bar personnel do not consume alcohol when on duty
  • People under 18 will not serve alcohol
  • The club does not encourage excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol
  • When serving non pre-packaged alcohol, standard drink measures will be served at all times
  • Information posters about standard drink measures will be displayed at the bar
  • The club’s Liquor Licence and all legal signage will be displayed at the bar
  • Names of RSA trained bar personnel will be displayed
  • An incident register shall be maintained and any incident recorded
  • Drunk patrons will not be permitted to enter the premises
  • Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated or drunk
  • Bar personnel will follow RSA training procedures when refusing service
  • Drunk patrons will be asked to leave the premises (after appropriate safe transport options are offered)
  • Alcohol will not be served to persons aged under 18
  • Bar personnel and committee members will ask for proof of age whenever necessary or whenever in doubt
  • Only photo ID’s will be accepted as ‘proof of age’

The club recognises that alcohol is not the only revenue stream available and actively encourages the sales of alternative products to that of alcohol.

 

  • Tap water is provided free of charge (where available)
  • One low-alcoholic drink and at least four non-alcoholic drink options are always available and are at least 10% cheaper than full-strength alcoholic drinks
  • Substantial food is available when the bar is open for more than 90 minutes or more than 15 people are present
  •  The club will avoid using alcohol for player awards and fundraising prizes

The club has a (separate) Safe Transport Policy that is reviewed regularly in conjunction with this Alcohol Management Policy.

 

This policy aims to provide a basis for the responsible use and/or non-use of alcohol by the Old Scotch Soccer Club and to avoid any incidents as people travel to or from the club and its events.

 

The Club understands and accepts its responsibility to the safety of our members and friends. The following requirements will apply when alcohol is served, either at the club or during a club function.

 

  • Bar staff shall encourage members and visitors to make alternate safe transport arrangements if they are considered to exceed .05 blood alcohol concentration (or .00 if probationary driver)
  • Telephone calls will be made free of charge to arrange a taxi or other transport
  • Where available club transport will be provided to/from events
  • Committee will pre-order taxis to arrive at the venue at the conclusion of the function.

The club has a (separate) Smoke Free Policy that is reviewed regularly in conjunction with this Alcohol Management Policy

Old Scotch Soccer Club recognises that:

 

  • Environmental (second-hand) tobacco smoke is a health hazard and that non-smokers should be protected from it.
  • Role modelling can have a significant impact upon the junior members of the club.
  • Smoke free areas make smoking less visible and less socially acceptable.
  • Smoke free areas support smokers who are trying to quit as well as reduce their overall cigarette consumption.
  • Outdoor smoke free areas help to reduce the amount of cigarette butt litter (reducing clean-up costs, fire risk and children’s health risk due to swallowing discarded butts).
  • Smoke free environments are advantageous in attracting new members as well as positively promoting the club in the community.

 

New Victorian legislation (Tobacco Amendment Act 2013) also bans smoking within 10 metres of a sporting venue that is an outdoor public place during underage (U18) competitions, training or practice sessions or any break or interval during these underage activities.

 

Accordingly, the following policy shall apply to all members, administrators, officials, coaches, players, spectators, visitors and other volunteers and/or or staff of the club.

  • Cigarettes and other tobacco products will not be sold, including from vending machines, at any time at or by the club.
  • Coaches, players, officials and volunteers will refrain from smoking while involved in an official capacity for the club, on and off the field.
  • No images of club volunteers, members, officials, coaches and players smoking at club-related activities are to be placed on social media or staff of the club.

The Old Scotch Soccer Club requires the following areas of the club’s [facility/sporting ground] to be smoke free:

 

  • All indoor areas
  • All outdoor playing/training areas
  • All spectator areas (standing and seated, covered and uncovered)
  • All canteen, catering and eating and drinking areas

 

Smoke free areas will be signed (where possible) and promoted in club materials. A designated smoking permitted area is located outside.

  • Club functions, including social and fundraising events and meetings, held at club facilities are to be smoke free.
  • Club functions, including social and fundraising events and meetings, held away from club facilities are to be smoke free wherever possible.
  • If provided, smokers may only smoke at outdoor designated smoking areas and are to dispose of cigarette butts safely before entering facilities.
  • Invitations and advertising for functions, meetings and events will be promoted as smoke free.

All club committee members will enforce the smoke free policy and any non-compliance will be handled according to the following process:

 

  • Explanation of the club policy and the Victorian tobacco laws to the person/people concerned, including identification of the areas in which smoking is permitted
  • Continued non-compliance with the policy should be handled by at least two committee members who will use their discretion as to the action taken, which may include asking the person/ people to leave the club facilities or function.

The club will promote the smoke free policy regularly by:

 

  • Putting a copy of the policy in club newsletters and printed member/player information and on the website.
  • Promoting positive smoke free messages through the club’s social media.
  • Displaying a copy of the policy in the club social rooms.
  • Periodic announcements to members at functions.
  • Placing non-smoking signage in prominent locations both indoors and outdoors.

 

The club recognises the importance of educating club members, particularly players, of the benefits of implementing a smoke free policy and will endeavour to provide information to assist this process.

The club will monitor and ensure any club trips, particularly end of season player trips, strictly adhere to responsible behaviour and alcohol consumption in accordance with the principles of this policy and the aims of the club.

All club committee members will enforce the alcohol management policy and any non-compliance, particularly in relation to Licencing Laws and will be handled according to the following process:

 

  • Explanation of the club policy to the person(s) concerned, including identification of the section of policy not being complied with, and
  • Continued non-compliance with the policy should be handled by at least two committee members who will use their discretion as to the action taken, which may include asking the person(s) to leave the club facilities or function

The presence of committee members is essential to ensure the operation of the bar and compliance with this policy. At least two committee members who are RSA trained are required to be present at all club functions when the bar is open.

 

Key responsibilities of the duty committee members are to:

 

  • Meet visiting police, cooperate and assist with any inquiries,
  • Compliance in respect of persons under 18 years of age on premises,
  • Recording any incidents in the incident register, and
  • Ensuring strict compliance with all sections of this policy in accordance with legal requirements and the Good Sports program.