Successful Community Activation Grants 2019-20 round 1

A further 24 organisations delivering sport and recreation across the state are set to hold exciting new events thanks to the 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to increase the capacity of community sport and recreation organisations to deliver events that promote gender equality.

Over 80 organisations have now benefited from this program and organised a range of events that showcase and celebrate the important role women and girls play in community level sport and recreation.

Director of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell welcomed the announcement.

“What makes this program so unique is the flexibility it provides the sector. We see a range of innovative ideas aimed at improving the environment for women and girls in sport and recreation across our State.’

The recipients of the first round of 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants are as follows:

AFL Outer East

AFL Outer East Female Development Forum 2020

Facilitate an inaugural female development forum of the AFL Outer East. This will inspire women to contribute to club governance and recruit membership to a new women development advisory group.

African Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth Services

Empowering refugee women and girls with sport

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We Take the Mountain

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Australian Ultimate League

Empowering and promoting female athletes through the sport of Ultimate

Host a Gender equity forum to share experiences and develop strategies around gender equality and inclusion. A dedicated filming of women athletes to showcase achievements of women and girls in Flying Disc to be used as promotional material to a wider online audience.

Blackburn Newhope Football Club

Run a coaching skills clinic for women

Promotion and organisation of a multi-session clinic to train and up-skill our women coaches and particularly women wanting to coach within the organisation to empower our women's football program.

Bluebell Hill Tennis Club

Women's social tennis networking and planning night

Host a night of tennis for women members to play tennis and to get to know each other with the aim to encourage the establishment of a regular women's social tennis night at the Club.

Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association (BHRDCA)

Women in Cricket event

A networking event aimed at showcasing pathways and opportunities for women in Cricket, providing education on issues facing women and girls in sport and providing a new approach to attract women and girls to play cricket.

Brunswick Junior Football Club

A Sporting Chance - let's support and enhance

A cross code breakfast networking event to bring lots of women in leadership roles, those aspiring to be part of the leadership in the future, in sporting clubs together to talk about playing to strengths, share knowledge and skills. Showcase and celebrate some successful approaches, promote gender equality and increase the quality of leadership in sporting clubs.

Burwood Cricket Club

Female Engagement & Enrichment Program

To host three key education sessions for administrators, parents and players of Clubs within their Association, focussing on key factors to create action plans on gender equality, leadership and empowerment through cricket.

Bushrangers Basketball Victoria

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Diamond Valley Athletics

Diamond Valley Athletics - Be The Change

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Dalyston Football Club

Bass Coast Women and Girls Sports night

A night to celebrate the sporting and leadership achievements of local women and girls.  Empowering more women and girls to be more physically active and take on leadership roles at sports and active recreation organisations within the Bass Coast Area.

Edinburgh Cricket Club

Edinburgh Cricket Club Women's and Girls' Gala Day

Edinburgh Cricket Club will host its inaugural Women's and Girls' Gala Day. Leveraging the excitement of the Women's T20 World Cup and their unique strengths in women's coaching. All interested girls from the local surrounding primary and secondary schools  are invited to a day of fun, playing, skills coaching, and skills demonstrations.

Frankston Archery Club

Is Archery your sport? Come and Try

A summer Twilight 2 hour come and try session on a Friday evening that focuses on junior girls trying a sport that is traditionally dominated by men.  Their junior girls including an Australian representative  to support instructors in the introduction of archery.

Geelong Cricket Club

Sport & Life Training - Wellbeing

A workshop for 30 female players, presented by SALT (Sport & Life Training), on mental health & resilience with a focus on female athletes and women in sport.

Heidelberg United Football Club Limited

Change Our Game Women's National Premier Leagues Forum

This will be a community forum that will invite all administrators, referees, coaches and players involved in the Victorian Women's National Premier League Competition to share experiences and develop collaborative strategies around inclusion.  After three years they are seeing clubs face a lot of challenges that need to be discussed and addressed.

Help Himalayan Youth Foundation

Empower Newly Arrived Young Refugee Women Through Sport

Young Refugee women from Bhutanese, Nepalese and Karen (Myanmar) community and cultural stigma to play sports. This project will deliver AFL and Soccer trials and provide information with their parents that playing sports result in career pathways in Australia. Provide opportunity to meet with role model female players.

Horsham Amateur Basketball Association

CBL Change our Game Round

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Morwell Bocce Club

Women Bocce - Bocce Game of Throw

To increase the number of young women engaged in the Sport of Bocce, especially with the throwing events - the Progressive running Throw.

Nestles Rowing Club Inc

The Lady Marmalade Project.

The Lady Marmalade Project is targeted at middle aged women and beyond and aims to showcase our wonderful sport of rowing to older women.  We hope to make our sport more accessible, and to increase participation and sporting opportunities for women of all abilities in our local community.

Swell Mamas INC

Swell Mama's Women's Surfing Retreat

To deliver a three day surfing retreat for 30 women. The retreat will empower women to get involved in surfing in an encouraging and supportive environment. It will include more than just surfing lessons, with opportunities for women to participate in tai-chi, Stand-up-paddleboarding, yoga and bushwalking.

Upfield Soccer Club

Refugee Girls Can Play Soccer

Our project will engage and recruit 50 young females of refugee backgrounds to the sport of soccer through: 3 'Come & Try Soccer' events; development of current female players to take on roles as mentors for new players; and networking of parents of current female players to support parents of new recruits

Waverley Gymnastics Centre

This Girl Means Business

Networking event for women 15+ years, including inspiring women within gymnastics/sporting industry, speed networking  with management and sporting leaders, employment and training, providing opportunity for safe and inclusive interviewing for women of cultural backgrounds, returning to work or from underrepresented groups.

Wyndham Basketball Association

Basketball, breakfast & leadership for CALD Wyndham females

A come and try basketball days (10 hours) for CALD young females not currently engaged in basketball or sport. Also host a breakfast with key western suburbs female leaders involved i.e. presenting and / or panel discussions. Case studies and video content produced from activity 1 will be shown at the breakfast.

Applications for the second round of the 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activations Grants program open on Monday 17 February 2020 and close 16 March 2020.

You can apply online here.


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On 13 October 2018, in the week of the International Day of the Girl, the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (OWSR) hosted a first-of-its-kind deliberation, bringing together 82 girls aged b

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WBBL opening weekend a smash hit

For years Mel Jones had been training, competing and scoring runs for both the Victorian Spirit and Southern Stars at the Junction Oval without any trouble finding a carpark.But that wasn’t


The Game Changer's Working in the Victorian Sport ...

While it comes as no surprise that women are under-represented in leadership roles in the sport and recreation sector, there are many shining examples of hardworking and motivated females across t

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Triathlon Australia appoint first female President

Michelle Cooper was elected as the new President of Triathlon Australia at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 10 November 2018, the first female to be appointed since the governing body formed in 1986.


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Women from cultural minority groups in elite sporting environments can experience challenges beyond those faced as a result of their gender. Walking in two worlds between collectivist and/or


Women in Coaching

We know women are underrepresented in leadership roles across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector, particularly coaches, but also umpires, referees, administrators, exec

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Victorian Athletic League names first female Presi...

After 123 years of male leadership, the Victorian Athletic League has appointed Stephanie Spence as their first female President, a move which has received an overwhelmingly positive response.The


Australian Girls Dare to be Different

Motor sport has traditionally been a male dominated domain but the tide is turning thanks to a new generation of motoring enthusiasts.Women still make up a minority in current motorsports demograp

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The Ticket - Dr Bridie O'Donnell

Reflections: life, sport and everything in between.A one hour podcast featuring Tracey Holmes and Dr Bridie O'Donnell that cycles through Italy, the USA, doping scandals, issues, challenges and sp


2018 Girls in Sport Summit

Imagine Victoria in 10 years’ time as the best place in the world for girls to play sport. What does it look like?It’s an interesting thought, and one that was posed to over 100 girls

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Community Grants Announced

A total of 23 community sporting organisations across the state are set to benefit from the second round of the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game Community Activation Grants.Change Our

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International Day of the Girl

In 2012, the United Nations declared October 11 as International Day of the Girl. A global day of recognition, to celebrate the achievements and potential of girls.The purpose of the day of celebr

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Advancing Women in Coaching

The lunch provided the perfect chance for administrators from elite through to grassroots sports to network, share knowledge and discuss improving coaching and leadership opportunities for women w


Game changing scholarships for 29 Victorian women ...

A further 29 women from across the state are set for exciting new pathways to senior sports roles thanks to the second round of the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game Scholarships.Over 7


Community Role Model: Michelle Redfern

Seagulls ready to fly: Williamstown Football Club adds a new chapter with women’s teamCommunity Role Model: Michelle Redfern - Board Director at Williamstown Football ClubWith less

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One size doesn’t fit all

The market is changing and the way we market our products has to be just as relevant to males as females.

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Little Athletics Victoria - Achieving Gender Balan...

Little Athletics Victoria CEO outlined his organisations intentions of meeting the mandatory incoming board Quotas by Ju...

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Gender Balance at Every Forum

Chief Executive Women, the Male Champions of Change and Women’s Leadership Institute Australia share a common goal – a significant and sustainable increase in the representation of wom


Breaking the Ice

For the growing ice hockey community here in Victoria, developing opportunities to support the expansion of the women’s game at a domestic level has been a priority both on and off the ice.T


She Can Coach - AFL Vic

Last night AFL Victoria launched their She Can Coach program.This new initiative, supported through the Victorian Government's Change Our Game Workforce Development program, is designed to invest

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Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active R...

The independent Inquiry sheds light on gender inequality in Victorian sport and recreation.The report, released by the Victorian Government in December 2015, outlined a way forward, helping change

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AusPlay Focus Women and Girls

This publication delves into the participation of Australian women and girls in sport and physical activity, and the difference between male and female patterns of behaviour.It uses AusPlay data c

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Active Women and Girls Strategy

The City of Ballarat's 2018 Active Women and Girls’ Strategy aims to provide a tailored response to priority issues identified within the municipality that may be constraining women and girl

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Female friendly infrastructure

The Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guidelines provide information and advice on how to deliver more gender equitable environments.The information assists community sport and recreation clubs

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Driving Women's Golf Forward

Photography credit - John Russell, Golf Victoria magazineCommunity Role Models: Megan Carr, Golf VictoriaFor the best part of the last century, the way golf has been structured and played has larg

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NMFC Gender Equality Action Plan

North Melbourne Football Club's Gender Equality Action Plan will lead the way in gender equality with sustained and measurable actions.North Melbourne's vision is to be the ‘Club of Choice&r

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Champions Stand Together

The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation was created by the Victorian Government in response to the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation.It is the first Office of its kind in A

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This Girl Can - Victoria

This Girl Can – Victoria is here to celebrate and support Victorian women (yep, you!) embracing physical activity in a way that suits you. Whether it’s a little or a lot, what matters

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Transition to Board Quotas

By 1 July 2019 all sport and active recreation organisations funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria and the Victorian Government will be expected to comply with the mandatory 40% women on boards

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Game Changers En Route to Leadership Summit

Pictured L-R Shelley Nowlan, Shannon Palmer, Dr. Bridie O'Donnell, Ella Squires, Colette Ritchie.Personal development opportunities in team environments in the sports sector don’t come aroun

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Count Us In

Count Us In - Developing physical activity programs for women was developed as part of the Count Us In! project conducted by Victoria University to identify the key success factors in effective pa

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Sporting Clubs Taking Action

Communities of Respect and Equality - Sporting Clubs Taking Action highlights five action areas for sporting clubs to consider when preventing violence against women and promoting gender

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Safe and Strong

Safe and Strong, Victoria’s Gender Equality Strategy, sets out a framework for enduring and sustained action over time.The Victorian Government aim to progressively build the attitudinal and

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Trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport > Comp...

This guideline is aimed at sporting clubs, organisations and staff and focuses on discrimination on the basis of gender identity in sport.Developed and published by the Victorian Equal Opportunity

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Role model - Peggy O'Neal

At the forefront of changing the game has been Peggy O’Neal, a board member of the Richmond Football Club since 2005 and President since 2013 . In 2017 Peggy wrote the history books, becomin

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How the Game has Changed

A lot can happen in sport over twelve months and this has certainly been the case when we look back on the Change Our Game Champions program, now 12months old, and inaugural year of the Office for

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Role model - Dr Clare Hanlon

We are incredibly lucky to have so many inspiring women leading the way to level the playing field for women and girls and sport and recreation in Victoria. Dr Clare Hanlon is just one of them.Cla

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Women break through

Women like Kim Ivett are leading a resurgence in interest in billiards and snooker in Victoria.In a sport often identified with gentlemen and cigars, women are now playing a leading role.Kim Ivett

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Brighton Declaration

This Declaration is addressed to all those governments, public authorities, organisations, businesses, educational and research establishments, women's organisations and individuals who are respon

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Equality on Cue with Pool Victoria

The Victorian Government is getting on with ensuring sports organisations like Pool Victoria and their staff can continue to get the most out of the sports they love.The term ‘wearing many h

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