Sport North East’s Project Coordinator, Rhiannon Froude was recently awarded a Women in Leadership Scholarship as part of the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game Scholarship Program.
Rhiannon works closely with clubs, supporting them to make governance easier to understand and be welcoming and inclusive of underrepresented groups, including women and people with a disability.
“I am passionate about assisting all the sports and recreation clubs that I work with locally to successfully provide those important spaces for all members of our communities to feel belonging and connection,” Rhiannon said.
Rhiannon understands what it takes to run a sporting club, having over eighteen years’ experience volunteering on club and association committees. She has been the president of the Churchill Reserve Committee of Management and Benalla Rovers Soccer Club, secretary of Benalla and District Tennis Association, treasurer of Tatong Tennis Club and a volunteer for the Benalla Scout Group.
The scholarship supports Rhiannon to study a Diploma of Business (Governance) with the Institute of Community Directors Australia. The course, which is specifically for not-for-profit organisations, will develop and refine skills and knowledge learnt from years of experience. “I am excited about the best practice in managing organisational change, developing enterprise opportunities, leading strategic planning and maintaining and protecting cultural values,” Rhiannon said. “I will be able to network with like-minded people and, importantly, become a connector and support for other women looking at sports governance and leadership opportunities within north east Victoria.”
Thank you to the Victorian Government for their support of women in leadership and Sport North East.