Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Gippsport is one of 23 community sporting organisations across the state set to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s Change Our Game Community Activation Grants.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing welcomed the announcement, and congratulated Gippsport on its successful bid.

The Change Our Game Community Activation Grants are designed to support community sport and active recreation organisations to deliver events and forums that celebrate the role of women and girls and further gender equality at the local level.

Gippsport will use the grant to host a Gippsland Girls in Sport Forum to mobilise 14-16 year olds in the region.  We will empower them to share their experiences and codesign what can be done in the community sport setting to increase female participation in their age range

It’s recognised that sport is a major driver in creating cultural and social change. Programs such as the Change Our Game Community Activation Grants provide ongoing opportunities and level the playing field for women and girls across all levels.

The application process involved community sporting organisations outlining how they would empower their local community, celebrate achievements of women and girls, and support cultural change toward gender equality.

The grants are part of the Labor Government’s $241.6 million commitment to level the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation.

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

“Gippsport plays a huge role in increasing participation, addressing cultural change, and enriching our communities, and this funding for a forum to get even more young women involved in sport will build on the momentum that’s growing all over our region to build female participation, fitness and confidence through sport.”

“It’s so important to provide these opportunities for women and girls throughout Gippsland to take on leadership positions and show the way for others to become involved.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren MP

“Equality is non-negotiable for the Andrews Labor Government, and we’re proud to be able to provide funding to community groups to help women and girls get involved in local sport.”

“These grants will allow community organisations to address positive cultural change and support local women and girls to participate, lead and shape their own futures in their chosen field.”