Moreland Active Women and Girls Strategy
In 2009, Moreland City Council began research and consultation to identify the key challenges in the provision of sport, leisure and active recreation for women and girls within the municipality. The review identified several issues:
- serious lack of female competition and teams
- only 8 per cent of participants accessing council’s sports grounds were female
- lack of development pathways for girls in sport
- significant ‘drop out’ rate of female participants between the ages of 14-17 years
- lack of social competitions without commitments
- barriers for females included lack of time and cost of activities.
To address the inequity, council introduced a Sports Ground and Pavilion Allocation Policy. The policy requested clubs to be inclusive of women, juniors, people with a disability and people from culturally diverse communities, or risk losing allocation of a ground to a club who is being inclusive. Moreland is the first council in Victoria to prioritise the allocation and use of sporting grounds and pavilions to clubs which demonstrate inclusiveness of women and girls. Read the full Policy here.