Fund­ing could be a game-changer

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

AP­PLI­CA­TIONS are now open for the sec­ond round of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s game-chang­ing women in sport lead­er­ship schol­ar­ships.

The Change Our Game Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for women to pur­sue their lead­er­ship and de­vel­op­ment in the sport­ing and ac­tive re­cre­ation in­dus­try.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp said lo­cal clubs and sport­ing bod­ies were en­cour­aged to iden­tify emerg­ing fe­male lead­ers within their sport­ing com­mu­nity for the schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

“Sport and re­cre­ation of­fers vi­tal op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­rich­ing our com­mu­nity and it is im­por­tant that we are able to chal­lenge the ex­ist­ing struc­tures and tra­di­tional ways of work­ing to de­velop lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for women through­out north­ern Vic­to­ria,’’ he said.

Schol­ar­ships range from $2000 to $10,000 and ap­pli­ca­tions are made through state sport­ing bod­ies or re­gional sports assem­blies.

The in­au­gu­ral round helped 46 women across the state to ac­cess pro­fes­sional learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The schol­ar­ships are part of the first Of­fice for Women in Sport and Re­cre­ation, es­tab­lished by the gov­ern­ment to as­sist more women and girls to earn sport lead­er­ship roles across all lev­els of the Vic­to­rian sport and ac­tive re­cre­ation sec­tor.

In­clud­ing the pre­vi­ous schol­ar­ship round, Change Our Game has pro­vided more than $1 mil­lion to the sec­tor across var­i­ous grant pro­grams de­signed to level the play­ing field for women and girls at com­mu­nity, re­gional and state level.

‘‘We are work­ing in part­ner­ship with the sport and ac­tive re­cre­ation sec­tor to de­liver an equal play­ing field for women and girls at ev­ery level of our sport and re­cre­ation or­gan­i­sa­tions and clubs,’’ head of the of­fice for women in sport and re­cre­ation Dr Bridie O’Don­nell said.

For in­for­ma­tion about the Change Our Game Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram visit

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