LGBTI+ Inclusion in Sport

It’s been 5 years since the first AFL Pride Game; an occasion marked by the Round 9 clash between St Kilda and Sydney in this year’s 2020 AFL season.

The original AFL Pride Game stemmed from the work of Jason Ball and the Yarra Glen Football Club, who initiated the 2014 Community Pride Cup.

Research shows that members of the LGBTIQ+ community have traditionally felt unwelcome in mainstream sport and are more likely to experience mental ill-health than the wider community.

While the annual AFL Pride Game continues to set an example at the top level, behind the scenes, Pride Cup Australia continues to amplify the message at grassroots level.

This year, Pride Cups are adapting to Covid-19 Restrictions by encouraging clubs and leagues to consider running an online event to promote LGBTI+ Inclusion & Awareness. (See https://pridecup.org.au for details)

If your club is not ready to host an event just yet, you will soon be able to start your LGBTI+ Inclusion journey through a new e-learning resource, soon to be launched. South West Sport has been assisting with the new online resource being developed by Proud 2 Play and Play By The Rules, with thanks to the support from VicHealth

South West Sport will be promoting the new resource in the coming months.