Funding could be a game-changer
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 sport.vic.gov.au