The Victorian Government is backing its commitment to achieving a level playing field in sport and active recreation, and supporting more women to take on leadership roles with funding for education and training.
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today announced that applications are open for the first round of the Government’s 2020-21 Change Our Game scholarship program. Sporting clubs and bodies are encouraged to identify emerging female leaders within their community for the scholarship program.
Scholarships range in value from $2,000 to $10,000 and support a range of professional development activities aimed at enhancing skills in sport and recreation leadership and management. Applications are submitted on behalf of individuals by state sport and recreation bodies, regional sports assemblies and local government authorities.
The sector has been heavily impacted by coronavirus so a new category has been developed to the Change Our Game program to support career coaching for women who have had their employment impacted as a result of the pandemic.
This opportunity will support women who are looking to re-evaluate their career pathway or identify new areas of the sport and active sector where their skills could be transferred.
Since its inception in 2018, the program has created opportunities for women to pursue leadership and development training across all levels of the sport and active recreation sector.
The program has so far enabled more than 150 women working and volunteering in sport and recreation across the state to access professional learning and development opportunities and training courses.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence
“These scholarships are helping to level the playing field for women and girls, and will create greater diversity in decision-making roles across all levels of Victorian sport and active recreation.”
“This boost will ensure women working and volunteering in sport and recreation are given opportunities to further their career, and the sector as a whole can continue the momentum that has been built around gender equality.”
Quotes attributable to Change Our Game scholarship recipient Loren Hazelwood
“Thanks to the Change Our Game scholarship I was able to learn key new skills that I now use in my sponsorship executive role at Motorsport Australia.”
“It’s a fantastic program that allows women to learn more and grow in the sports that we love.”
Reviewed 22 September 2020