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The South West Sport Team is Growing!

The South West Sport team would like to welcome Nick Marshall and Ashleigh Glennon to the team.

Nick will be joining us from Monday, 15th March 2021 full-time supporting the Sport and Recreation Victoria Together More Active Program.

Ashleigh will join the team shortly after the Easter break (Tuesday 6th April) on a part-time basis, supporting the VicHealth Regional Sport Program.

Both staff members will be based from Sports House in Warrnambool.

Both Nick and Ashleigh are looking forward to commencing their roles and connecting with clubs, networks and stakeholders.

Sports Link Participation Group Launched

South West Sport has launched Sports Link – an online group created for clubs to promote opportunities for the wider community to get involved in sport and recreation!

Clubs are encouraged to join the Sports Link Facebook group and promote:

  • participation opportunities (i.e. come and try sessions, competitions, events etc.)
  • volunteer opportunities (i.e. coaching, Board/Committee vacancies, officials, game day support etc.)
  • paid opportunities (i.e. administrators, job in sport organisations etc.)

If your club would like to promote activities through Sports Link, and does not have access to a Facebook account – send details through to or contact the team on (03) 5561 1689, and we will promote content on your club’s behalf.

Volunteering Australia Volunteer Resource Hub

Volunteering Australia has launched an online Volunteering Resource Hub to help anyone who helps manage, lead or coordinate volunteers.

The hub includes useful resources such as checklists, templates and advice for clubs looking to re-engage volunteers in relation to COVID-19.

If your club is looking for volunteers to support club operations, let us know. We are happy to promote vacancies via our Volunteer Portal.

Keep an eye out – we’ll be running Volunteer workshops across the region soon!

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Funding Partner VicHealth Visits the South West

On Monday 8th February we welcomed guests Dr. Sandro Demaio and colleagues from funding partner Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth).

After a great session showcasing some of the South West’s fantastic youth organisations; we headed out to Lake Gillear for an archery lesson with the Archers of Warrnambool – a club who recently received a VicHealth Active Club Grant and #ThisGirlCanVic extension funding for their Arch Angels program.

Thank you to everyone who attended today’s sessions, and to VicHealth for your continued support in creating participation opportunities for South West Victorians – enabling them to lead healthier, and more active lives.

South West Sport International Women’s Day Campaign

Monday 8th March 2021 is International Women’s Day.

The theme for the IWD 2021 campaign is #ChooseToChallenge

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

We want you to get involved.

It’s simple.

Women’s FREE Regional Governance Program

South West Sport has partnered with the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation to support the development of women who work or volunteer in the community sport sector across the South West of Victoria.

South West Sport has received funding through Change Our Game to deliver the Regional Governance Program in 2021 – a program that has been designed to build the skills, knowledge and confidence of women in regional areas, arming them with the tools to play leadership roles within the community sport sector.

By delivering the program, we aim to:

  • Build meaningful links and networks with like-minded women working or volunteering in community sport across the region
  • Empower women to join community sport Boards/Committees
  • Create more visibility for women in leadership positions, recognising role models in our communities
  • Increase the skills, knowledge and confidence of women across the South West – enabling them to effectively lead and contribute to community sport in our region
  • Improve community sport Board/Committee function
  • Improve regional community sport adherence to Mandatory Board Quotas
  • Increase retention rates of women who continue to work or volunteer in community sport
  • Create stronger and more inclusive clubs, leagues and associations in the region

The program will entail one online session and two in person sessions (delivered over a 4-6 week period). Participants must attend all three sessions. Following this, we will invite you to our South West Sport Regional Governance Network – with opportunities to attend exclusive network and professional development events.

Session 1 (Online):

  • 6:00pm, Monday 26th April
  • 6:00pm, Wednesday 28th April

Session 2 (Face-to-face):

  • Warrnambool, Venue TBC, 6:00pm Monday 10th May
  • Hamilton, Venue TBC, 6:00pm Wednesday 12th May
  • Portland, Committee Room, Glenelg Shire Council, 6:00pm, Monday 17th May
  • Camperdown, Venue TBC, 6:00pm, Wednesday 19th May

Session 3 (Face-to-face):

  • Warrnambool, Venue TBC, 6:00pm Monday 24th May
  • Hamilton, Venue TBC, 6:00pm Wednesday 26th May
  • Portland, Committee Room, Glenelg Shire Council, 6:00pm, Monday 31st May
  • Camperdown, Venue TBC, 6:00pm, Wednesday 2nd June

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