AFL Goldfields have partnered with Sports Central, and Women’s Health Grampians, to commence a project to try and stamp out violence against women.
AFL Goldfields, Sports Central and Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) have commenced the roll out of pilot project Act@Play.
Act@Play is a gender equality, cultural change initiative delivered in a sport and recreation setting contributing to the prevention of violence against women in Victoria.
This program is funded through Sport & Recreation Victoria’s ‘Gender Equality in Victorian Sport and Recreation Pilot Program’.
Building on the success and reach of WHG Act@Work program, Act@Play has been specifically designed to reflect the nature of the sport and recreation sector and work in partnership with a club to enable a more female-friendly environment and ensure quality and sustainable actions.
AFL Goldfields are piloting this innovative new project which will see clubs and associations plan and implement quality actions to improve gender equality in the first half of 2019.
AFL Goldfields Regional General Manager Rod Ward said “We recognise that football and netball clubs have an amazing ability to influence behaviour, and we are happy to introduce this project in an effort to try and stamp our violent behaviour towards women.
“As all-inclusive leagues, with thousands of female footballers, netballers, administrators, volunteers and officials we hope that our support for this initiative can have a positive impact on the communities that our 197 clubs are located within.”
CEO of Women’s Health Grampians, Marianne Hendron, said the organisation was delighted to be working with sporting associations to be leaders for change.
Act@Play is currently a pilot project however alternative programs with a focus on gender equality and preventing violence against women are available to sport clubs and associations in the interim.
AFL Goldfields will begin six hours of extensive training Friday 22nd of March.
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