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APRIL 2019  
"Women and girls in sport:  Quick wins for community clubs"
Sports Central are pleased to launch a new gender equality project, "Women and girls in sport:  Quick wins for community clubs".  This project has been developed by VicHealth and will be delivered as a component of the VicHealth Regional Sport Program.  Sports Central will work with club administrators to increase awareness of gender equality, assess the environment their club currently offers for women and girls and implement actions to make improvements, attracting more women and girls to their club.  The actions implemented are intended to be small, but impactful, as well as low cost and simple to implement. 
This project is now open and we are seeking interested clubs to participate.  To read more about the project, what's involved and how to participate, click here or contact chloej@sportscentral.org.au
Free CPR training for community clubs
Heartbeat Ballarat is a peer support group for people living with cardiac illness.  The group is offering free CPR training for community and sporting club members.  The training is delivered by certified cardiac nurse Linda MacAuley.  For more information click here.
Change Our Game communication guidelines
Attracting and retaining women and girls in varying on and off-field roles can be challenging for many sport and recreation organisations.  In many cases, these barriers can be overcome by making some simple changes to communication and marketing practices.  The Change Our Game: Women in Sport and Recreation - Communication and Marketing Guidelines have been developed in conjunction with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to assist community sport and recreation organisations looking to overcome these challenges.  Read more and download the guidelines here.
Soccer Mums a success
Early in 2019, Ballarat and District Soccer Association trialled VicHealth's Soccer Mums program, a new initiative designed by Football Victoria.  The 8-week pilot program held at Morshead Park saw 26 women participate, with 15 of those attending 3 or more sessions.  The program will recommence at Morshead Park on Saturday 4th May from 9:00am, with an additional program to be hosted by Victoria Park Soccer Club commencing on Thursday 2nd May from 4:45pm.  To read the full program review and to register for the new programs click here.
Rock Up Netball in Delacombe
 
The YMCA in Delacombe are recommencing Rock Up Netball sessions at Doug Dean Reserve on Thursday 2nd May at 5:30pm for 6 weeks.  Rock Up Netball incorporates the basic skills of playing netball in a fun and friendly environment with relaxed match play to finish.  If you're new to the sport, want to brush up your skills or are returning to netball, this program is for you.  To register and find more information click here.
Squash & Racquetball Go! pilot youth program
Sports Central teamed up with Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) to deliver a pilot program, Squash & Racquetball Go!, as a school holiday activity for young people (12-17) from migrant and refugee backgrounds.  The program was a great success, introducing new participants to the sport and provided valuable feedback to Squash & Racquetball Victoria for the future development of the project.  The program is a fun, inclusive and social introduction to squash and racquetball that will be further rolled out across the region.  For further information visit our website.
Creswick Youth Coasting enjoyed by all
On Monday 8th April, 10 young people participated in Stand Up Paddleboarding at Calembeen Park in Creswick as a school holiday and Active April activity.  Sports Central partnered with Hepburn Shire Council and Stillwater Paddles to deliver the program as a pilot for young people in Creswick.  To read the full article visit our website.
Westvic Academy of Sport Lunch with Paul Roos
The Westvic Academy of Sport in Business is presenting a luncheon with Paul Roos, talking about life, leadership and coaching. To be held on Friday 17th May from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.  For more information visit our website.
Daylesford Football Netball Club to host Pride Cup
The Daylesford Football Netball Club in conjunction with the Chill Out Festival are hosting the Central Highlands first Pride Cup event.  The Pride Cup harnesses the power of sport to send a strong message of hope, inclusion and acceptance to LGBTIQ+ athletes, officials and supporters.  The Pride Cup has grown into a national movement for change that transcends sport.  The club is currently seeking sponsorship for the event to be held on Saturday 13th July.  For more background and details on how your business can get involved please contact Carson White on 0499 811 817 or dfncpresident@gmail.com
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