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Sports Tasters Term 2

Warrnambool & Portland Club Expression of Interest

This youth program is seeking to introduce some young people, (15-21yrs old) who are with Brophy, to different sports in a supportive environment, in the Warrnambool & Portland area.  These young people may never have tried a sport outside of school and may not even know how to get involved. 


During Term 2(May/June) we would be asking for clubs to support/facilitate a one-off hopefully free/or low costing session, run on a weekday after school (4:30pm/5pm, 1hr sessions) as part of the larger program. 
We ran this program at the end of Term 4 2020 with great success.

If your club is willing to be involved please fill out the Expression of Interest HERE

This Girl Can Week 2021

22nd March – 28th March 2021

It was great to see so many women and girls taking the opportunity to participate in #ThisGirlCanVIC Week events around the South West! 🏄‍♀️🚴‍♀️🏊‍♀️

Our This Girl Can VIC banners got a workout too!

Check out some of the photos from some of the week’s events taken by the clubs themselves.


This Girl Can Week is BACK!!

We are excited to present a full calendar of free or low cost events events for women and girls spread across the South West during This Girl Can Week, run by a range of fantastic sports clubs and local organisations.

Two major barriers identified in preventing women trying new activities or getting involved in sport are a fear of being judged, or not being fit enough to start.

This Girl Can Week is a dedicated time when physical activity providers, clubs, gyms, facilities and organisations can offer fun, beginner-friendly and come-and-try events for women in their area.

The week, running from March 22-28, is all about encouraging more women to give physical activity a go or return to exercise after a break.

This Girl Can – Victoria celebrates and supports Victorian women to embrace physical activity in a way that suits them. Whether it’s a little or a lot, what matters is getting some movement into your day.

Download the below calendar to see a full list of events:


Warrnambool City Council has a full spread of events happening for the week. See the below picture for the full list of events happening in Warrnambool:

This Girl Can Week 2021 – Call for Clubs

This Girl Can Week is back! ​

This Girl Can Week is a dedicated time when physical activity providers, clubs, gyms, facilities and organisations can offer fun, beginner-friendly and come-and-try events for women in their area. The week is all about encouraging more women to give physical activity a go or return to exercise after a break. 

Host an event

Host a free introductory session at your club, centre or studio or online during This Girl Can Week (22 to 28 March 2021) to encourage women in your community to give your activity a go!​

  • Download the 2021 This Girl Can VIC Supporter Toolkit from the Supporter Hub (includes NEW tips to maximise your Facebook event for This Girl Can Week on pages 20-21)​
  • Plan your event, Think about activities you can offer online, as well as face-to-face. ​
  • Create a Facebook event listing and add This Girl Can VIC as ‘co-host’ (please note they will not have website listings in 2021 so Facebook is the key listing!).​

Attend an event 

Offers and events have started to pop up on the This Girl Can VIC Facebook page in the lead up to This Girl Can Week. Start adding them to your calendar now!

Setting Your Own Club Culture

A mum who had recently moved to town was asking around for a really good club for their child to join.  The child was still in Primary School, and given they had only just moved to town, they hadn’t made any strong friendships just yet.

This begs the question; “What is a ‘really good club’?”  Depending on what you’re looking for in a club, the answer can vary considerably.

But why leave it to chance?

Whilst we can’t always have on-field success, clubs can take control of the behaviours and actions they are willing to accept at their club.  This can be found formally through written policies and Codes of Conduct, and also through the demonstrated behaviours of club members such as calling out homophobia, sexism and racism.  These are the minimum standards we expect in our community, and therefore should be expected within a club environment.

One club who takes their culture very seriously, are the Bushrangers Basketball.  They have purposefully aimed to create a safe and inviting space for prospective members, and have found innovative ways to bring their Code of Conduct to life.

When was the last time you considered the culture you’re allowing at your club?

Resource of the Month – October, 2020

The Resource of the month for October are the LGBTI+ Resources.

Despite people who identify as LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Intersex and Queer/Questioning) making up an estimated 11% of the Australian population, research shows that sport participation rates for the LGBTIQ+ community are amongst the lowest of any community group.

To help clubs understand some of the barriers to participation for the LGBTIQ+ community, Proud 2 Play, together with South West Sport, have developed a suite of online resources, including a short course to be hosted on the well known “Play By The Rules” website.

The project was made possible through support from VicHealth, and had direct input from several south west sporting clubs whose feedback helped shape the online short course.

A launch event for the resources on September 22nd featured an All-Star panel who have been assembled to introduce the sports industry to the new online resources.

Policy of the Month – October, 2020

The policy of the month for October is a very important one; an Inclusion Policy.

We often hear clubs say that they are inclusive, and that anyone is welcome at their club. But being an inclusive club is a lot more than that. Being an inclusive club means that everyone is able to comfortably be themselves and be an active part of your club, without fear of discrimination, harassment or bullying due to ability, gender, sex, ethnicity or age.

These fears are not unfounded; for example, many people obscure the fact that they may identify as LGBTIQA+ when in a sport setting due to homophobia that they may have experienced or witnessed*. It is up to us to ensure that our club is seen to be actively inclusive.

When our clubs represent the diversity in our communities, and actively include everyone, both the sport and community thrive.

The Club Help website has lots of inclusion examples and templates you can draw from and you may choose to participate in this “Diversity & Inclusion in Sport Forum” at 10am on Friday 23rd October.

Check out our previous Policies of the Month HERE:

*80% of LGBTIQA+ people witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport, with 70% believing youth team sports are not safe or welcoming, and more than 75% partially hiding their sexuality due to fear of discrimination.  (Denison E, Kitchen A. (2015). Out on the Fields: The first international study on homophobia in sport. Nielsen, Bingham Cup Sydney 2014, Australian Sports Commission, Federation of Gay Games. www.outonthefields.com/)