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Inclusive Clubs Project

The Inclusive Clubs Project provides intensive support to local sporting clubs to increase inclusion and diversity in playing, officiating and leadership roles within their clubs. With six clubs participating last year, there are now ten participating clubs in this year’s project across the municipalities of Boroondara and Manningham.

Access Health & Community works in partnership to support clubs to do an inclusion assessment and then to develop and implement an action plan to improve social inclusion. The inclusion assessment recognises ways in which the clubs are inclusive and highlights areas for improvement.

The action plan template below encouraged clubs to develop goals that were broken up into short-term, medium-term and long-term actions. A Health Promotion Practitioner then works with the club to support them to complete their action plans over a 12-24 month period.

Participating clubs have made positive change towards becoming more diverse and inclusive. For example, some clubs have:

  • Appointed female mentors, coaches and volunteers
  • Improved access to facilities for women and girls
  • Conducted member surveys and feedback
  • Improved match scheduling for women and girls
  • Established girl’s and women’s teams
  • Made ‘inclusion’ a standing agenda item at committee meetings
  • Translated forms into different languages
  • Developed position descriptions for key roles within the club.

The project has improved understanding of the important role that women and girls play in clubs and has enhanced capacity for current and future club leaders to implement inclusive change.

Organisations: Access Health & Community, City of Boroondara, Manningham City Council, Women's Health East, Leisure Networks

Contact: Danielle Rees, Access Health & Community

Email: [email protected]

Tool: Action Plan Template