Sporting clubs are an important element in the lives of many rural communities, contributing to local identity, sense of community and a spirit of egalitarianism. People in rural communities spend a great deal of time in the club environment, either playing, training, fund raising, socialising and as spectators.
Sporting clubs have an opportunity to influence what is acceptable and normal behaviour within the club and provide healthy, safe and family friendly environments
Sexism in sport - it starts at home
Challenging sexism in sport
Sexism in sport – coaches
What can Sporting Clubs do?
- Adopt the courageous conversations charter
- Promote leadership positions to women
- Strive for equal participation of men and women in decision making processes
- Sport development programs for girls as well boys
- Attractive family/couple membership packages
- Media reports include women’s results/headline story
- Positive role modelling of respectful behaviour between men and women
- Women and men participate in all facets of club – women in bar, men in the canteen
- Provide a family friendly environment that includes: breastfeeding, children’s playground, parents and carers baby change room
- Show women respect ie have the change room facilities for women at the same standard as the men’s rooms.
- Have a policy to promote respectful behaviour.
- Create a female friendly facility
- Be a welcoming club
- Have policies related to inclusion
- Be proactive in building a diverse membership
- Become a heathier club by addressing six preventable illness risk factors
- Implement the The ‘Healthy Sporting Environments’ (HSE) program.
Policies Related to Inclusion
Clubs can illustrate their support for inclusion and formalise their stance on issues such as racial vilification, homophobia, sexual harassment etc by developing clear statements, codes and policies concerned with expected behaviour and the club’s directives to respect everyone. Here are some sample policies, procedures as a starting point. (http://www.clubhelp.org.au/)
Club Help is a free “one-stop-shop” for volunteers in sport and recreation clubs to assist with all aspects of running a successful club. www.clubhelp.org.au
Valley Sport – Information, Advice, Support and Club Development Programs for grass root sporting clubs in the Goulburn Valley. Twitter @ValleySport
Sport North East promotes the vital importance of building, maintaining and encouraging active sport and recreation activities. The program works with the community to ensure that people of all abilities are able to participate in recreation activities.
Benalla Saints Sporting Club share their involvement in the Courageous Conversations campaign. The Benalla Saints have taken active steps to promote equality and respect within their club and within the local community