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Gender Equality in Local Sports

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The Victorian Government is investing $550,000 into promoting gender equality across local grass roots sporting clubs, this International Women’s Day.

Elite athletes, program facilitators and state sporting organisations will work with local clubs to support and celebrate women and girls in sport.

Minister for Women Fiona Richardson commented on the investment saying “it’s time Victoria became the sporting capital of Australia for women as well as men.”

She believes these programs will be a driving force for gender equality and support for women on and off the field.

Women’s sport has been in the spotlight this year with the launch of the Women’s AFL Competition and highly anticipated Super Netball League.

Minister for Sport John Eren also commented on the new programs saying, “with women and girls joining grassroots clubs at record numbers, we’re doing everything we can to ensure they have the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

“Victoria is leading the charge in levelling the playing field for women in sport, and this funding will help local clubs right across the state to [do] just that,” Mr Eren said.

The South Australian Government is also encouraging females in sport, with a second round of grants being announced.