Sport 2030, Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Health, (2018). Sport 2030 is the vision and the plan for sport and physical activity in Australia over the next 12 years to be delivered in partnership with Australia’s sporting, physical activity, technology, education and corporate community. A key goal of the plan s to 'build a more active Australia' through 'reducing inactivity amongst Australians by 15% by 2030.
Sport Diplomacy 2030, Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Department of Health; contributing portfolio agencies: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Health, Sport Australia, Tourism Australia, Austrade, (2019). This strategy works to bring the Government’s first national sports plan, Sport 2030, to an international stage. Australia recognises the power of sport to bring people and nations together. In 2015, when Australia released its first sport diplomacy strategy, we were a pioneer in the field. Sports Diplomacy 2030 is the second Australian sport diplomacy strategy, building on the success of the first strategy. Sports Diplomacy 2030 envisages closer collaboration between the Australian sports codes, industry and government to leverage the nation’s sporting excellence in ways that enhance Australia’s influence and reputation to advance our national interests.
Participation Design Toolkit, Sport Australia, (accessed 26 February 2021). This toolkit will help sports design quality participation experiences and attract and retain more participants. The information, resources and templates will assist sport to develop effective participation plans and co-design participant-centred products and experiences that are informed by market insights and evidence-based approaches. Also provides links to additional evidence base and best-practice approaches to plan and design participation experiences that are focused on the needs of participants.
Sport and Recreation supports programs to increase participation in social through to high performance sport in Canberra through infrastructure planning, athlete support, sector partnerships and capacity building programs to contribute to health, social and economic benefits.
The NSW Office of Sport is the lead NSW Government agency for sport and active recreation. The Office of Sport aims to increase the levels of physical activity of the people of NSW by providing the leadership, policies, programs, funding and infrastructure necessary to enable higher rates of participation in sport and active recreation.
Northern Territory Sport and Recreation Division (within the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture) provides Club development and resource library; Northern Territory Institute of Sport, NT Sports Awards; sport consultation; integrity; programs; and, publications.
The Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport works in collaboration with industry to deliver high quality sport, recreation and venue experiences while also supporting Queensland’s elite athletes on their path to success.
Game On: Getting South Australia moving (Game On), (2020). A forward-looking framework that outlines a collaborative approach to ensure physical activity and play can fit seamlessly into the daily lives of South Australians. Game On also seeks to provide a shared vision and common platform for the sport and recreation sector in South Australia.
Recreation, Sport and Racing Strategic Plan 2021-2025. This Strategic Plan provides a blueprint for the next five years to contribute to our vision to create an Active State, connected communities and to inspire performance. We should not underestimate the scale of the challenge, but we should also see this as an opportunity and the beginning of an exciting new journey.
Sport and Recreation Tasmania (within the Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation) develops and supports opportunities for all Tasmanians to participate in community life, and sport and recreation by building community capacity, enhancing access and participation, providing quality policy advice, supporting individual and sector development, and administering grants.
The Office for Women in Sport and Recreation is supported by the biggest investment by any state government into facilities, participation, leadership opportunities, and professional and grassroots sport and active recreation for girls and women. The aim is to support and encourage women in leadership roles, ensuring they are not subject to unfair or unfavourable treatment because of their gender, sexuality, appearance, age or any other personal characteristics protected by anti-discrimination law.
This Girl Can - Victoria. Based on Sport England’s highly successful This Girl Can campaign, This Girl Can – Victoria is here to celebrate and support Victorian women embracing physical activity in a way that suits you. Whether it’s a little or a lot, what matters is getting some movement into your day.
The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. Our primary focus is promoting good health and preventing chronic disease.
Physical Activity Strategy 2019-2023, VicHealth, (2019). Aims to increase the number of Victorians who are physically active – making being active part of everyday life. Key focus of the strategy is children aged 5-12 years; young people aged 12-17 years; and women and girls.
Move My Way is funded through VicHealth’s Changing the Game: Increasing Female Participation in Sport program. Gymnastics Victoria and five other state sporting associations are encouraging women and girls to become more physically active, while championing the important role women play in sports’ leadership and management.
Regional Sport Victoria (RSV). The peak body which supports nine independent organisations across regional Victoria. These nine organisations are classed as Regional Sports Assemblies and are charged with the critical role of supporting the sport and recreation sector within their regional catchment. RSV and the nine Regional Sports Assemblies work directly with 48 local government authorities in Victoria. RSV covers a population of over 1.45 million rural and regional Victorians and has a network of over 8,500 community based sport and recreation clubs.
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries works collaboratively with government, community organisations, peak bodies and other stakeholders to achieve our vision of creating a vibrant, inclusive and connected WA community. They promote participation and achievement in sport and recreation to support a healthy lifestyle for all Western Australians through physical activity.
Strategic Priorities for WA Sport, Sport West, (July 2020). The Strategic Priorities for WA Sport has been developed to tackle the issues and opportunities that the industry considers to be most important. This document outlines the key priorities and the practical support required from stakeholders to progress community sport in Western Australia.
Sporting organisations may also create policies and programs to promote participation. They may aim to increase overall participation in their sport, or be targeted at specific audiences.
Many sports have also developed ‘branded’ junior or introductory programs that feature modifications to rules, facility requirements, and equipment. In general, these programs feature elements of structured skill development, with an emphasis on having fun. Competition is less important than social interaction and developing an affinity for the sport.
Bowling with babies. Bowling with Babies brings new and expecting parents together to enjoy a coffee, a chat and a social lawn bowl.
The Next Innings: Accelerating Female Participation strategy, Cricket Australia, (September 2020). Outlines the unique challenges of expanding participation among women and girls over the next four years as well as the work being done to support the clubs who are nurturing the current and future generations of players, coaches, officials and administrators.
Girls Love Ultimate (GLU) Program,Australian Flying Disc Association (AFDA), (accessed 28 January 2021). An initiative of AFDA and VicHealth, GLU is a fun Ultimate Frisbee program, provided to girls aged 12-17 years. GLU consists of a 90 minute indoor Ultimate Frisbee session held once per week for eight weeks. At GLU, girls will learn life skills such as leadership, conflict resolution, self-belief, mutual respect, nonviolence, integrity, fun and friendship that will benefit them both on and off the field for years to come.
Popular VicHealth Soccer Mums program to continue as Go Soccer Mums, Football Victoria, (15 July 2020). Soccer Mums provides a social alternative for women to learn the basics of football, break the barriers to participation and enjoy a fun, judgement-free way to be involved with other likeminded women. It allows for participation without any experience, removing the constraints of competition and rules. The program has grown to over 70 locations in Victoria, with over 1300 participants being afforded the opportunity to engage in our beautiful game.
Inspiring positive change: The FA strategy for women's and girls' football: 2020-2024, The FA, (2020). Our strategy is based on understanding an individual's motivation to play - for learning, for recreation, for competition and for excellence. We want to ensure there is access and opportunity for every girl and woman to play, coach, spectate, officiate, manage or administer if they so wish and the game to be truly representative of our society across all protected characteristics¹ and social backgrounds.
Golf Australia's Vision 2025: The future of women and girls in golf, Golf Australia, (February 2018). In February 2018, Golf Australia launched a strategy to address a fundamental imbalance in the game and draw more women and girls to golf - Vision 2025. The four-pillar strategy aims to significantly increase participation rates, along with improving culture at golf clubs around the country so that our game is opened up to everyone.
Girls on Track, Motorsport Australia, (accessed 28 January 2021). FIA Girls on Track is a global, not-for-profit initiative - initially launched by former Formula 1 development driver Susie Wolff as 'Dare To Be Different'. In Australia the program is backed by Motorsport Australia. We offer school girls aged 8-18 a unique opportunity to participate in our free Girls on Track events. The goal of the program is to grow interest in STEM subjects and industries amongst school girls with the aim of increasing female participation in these sectors, using motorsport as a tool to expose them to the incredible opportunities and career paths.
Rock Up Netball, Netball Victoria, (accessed 3 March 2021). Developed in conjunction with VicHealth, the Rock Up Netball (ages 15+) and Rock Up Netball Youth (ages 12-17) programs are tailored to meet the different fitness and skill levels of women aged 15 years and over. The program is a flexible, ‘pay as you play’ option to organised physical activity, and bring the elements of a fun, social setting. Participants do not require a Netball Victoria affiliation. It includes different options including: train, play festivals and social competition.
SheSails resources, Australian Sailing, (August 2020). Australian Sailing has developed resources to help clubs build a thriving community that includes women and girls across all areas of our sport. This starts with encouraging them to be involved via 'She Sails' programs and events.
Girls Only Spinneroos Program, Table Tennis Australia, (September 2020). Young girls around the country are set to receive a huge boost to their sporting careers, with a new table tennis program specifically targeted at girls age 4-12. With alarming statistics highlighting that that one in two girls drop of out of sport before the age of 15, and that less than half of all table tennis players in Australia are female, TTA wants to inspire young girls to take their talents as far as they possibly can. The girls' edition of the program has been developed with leading table tennis coaches around Australia to ensure kids have a lasting first impression of table tennis. With 100% female participation and female coaches leading the sessions, it is perfect for those looking to try table tennis for the first time.
New Play Tennis Campaign Unveiled, Tennis Australia, (20 February 2021). Tennis Australia has launched a new Play Tennis campaign encouraging people from all walks of life to ‘release the player within’.
Play Your Way, LTA, YouTube, (22 June 2020). Play like no one’s watching. Hit like no one’s judging. However and wherever, just PLAY YOUR WAY.
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