Changing Our Game

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.

New grants to help local sports score more goals

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:

  1. Increasing female participation opportunities
  2. 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.

Clubs can apply for Active Club Grants through the VicHealth website before 4pm on Friday, 30 August 2019. For further information and to apply visit

If you’d like ideas for a program, support to apply for the grant or advice on putting a program together, please contact Sport North East.