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 GameScholarship 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.
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.
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
Grassroots sports clubs across the state can now apply for a share in around $500,000 in VicHealth funding to get more Victorians active and playing sport.
Vichealth Active Club Grants of up to $3,000 or $10,000 are available to help local clubs capitalise on the huge demand in the community for women’s sport by creating new women and girls’ teams. The funding can also be used by clubs to offer social sport programs, such as modified sports for people with disability or beginners’ teams.
Grants focus on two areas:
Increasing female participation opportunities
Supporting social and modified sport programs for less active Victorians.
Clubs applying for Active Club Grants funding can also request an additional $2,000 grant to promote VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign to encourage women in their local community to get active.