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Backing Top Universities To Help Change Our Game

24 June 2021

The Victorian Government is helping university researchers identify the barriers to women and girls getting involved in sport and active recreation, so we get rid of them.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today announced La Trobe University and Victoria University would receive research grants of up to $25,000 for three projects from the Government’s Change Our Game Research Grants Program.

La Trobe University has received two grants, one to understand how to engage men as allies to change the game in regional Victoria and the other to enhance participation pathways for women as coaches.

Victoria University will use its grant to understand clubs’ capacity to drive women’s and girls’ participation in community sport.

Led by Professor Rochelle Eime, the study aims to identify community clubs’ resource allocation towards volunteering for women’s and girls’ teams, and the structures relating to decision-making in volunteer recruitment and retention.

The Change Our Game Research Grants Program, offered through the Government’s Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, supports Victorian researchers to carry out studies relating to women and girls in sport and active recreation, and builds research capacity – to create better outcomes for all Victorians.

This round will bring the total value of research grants awarded through the initiative to more than $200,000 since its inception in 2017.

The Office for Women in Sport and Recreationand the Change Our Game campaign is working to level the playing field for women and girls in sport and active recreation, backed by a funding allocation of $11.6 million in the Victorian Budget 2021/22.

This work also includes scholarships, community events and sports broadcasting programs aimed at increasing the number of women and girls participating in sport, on and off the field.

For more information about the Change Our Game programs, visit changeourgame.com.auExternal Link .

Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence

“We’re building better pathways and facilities for women and girls to get involved in sport and active recreation on and off the field, and these grants are vital in providing insights to support that work.”

Quote attributable to La Trobe University Research Fellow Dr Erica Randle

“Grants like these assist our university to develop innovative projects that not only support women and girls in sport and recreation, but all Victorians.”

Quote attributable to Victoria University Sport Participation Professor Rochelle Eime

“This Change Our Game Research Grant will support our research in helping the community sport sector develop volunteer capacity for the delivery of sport for women and girls.”

Reviewed 24 June 2021

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