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Working in sports and leisure

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This setting includes local and regional sports clubs, professional clubs, state and national associations and the organisations providing services and facilities to them. It also includes recreation and leisure venues and facilities. 

Why this setting?

Sport and leisure spaces bring people together and involve a diverse range of individuals and communities across Australia. They are important places for socialising and have a powerful influence on gender norms and relations. 

Gender segregation and gender stereotyping occurs in many sporting and recreation environments. This contributes to sexist attitudes and disrespect towards women.  

Key opportunities

  • Sport can challenge the attitudes and behaviours that excuse or support disrespect, gender inequality and violence against women. Evidence shows that to prevent violence before it starts requires us to consistently challenge the things that drive violence against women. 
  • Sporting organisations can also use their influence to extend these principles of equality and fairness beyond the field — into the boardroom, the coach’s box, the stands, the change rooms, and the media.  

Things you can do

  • Showing leadership by setting the standard of zero tolerance towards sexist attitudes, language and discriminatory behaviour in your sport. 
  • Providing opportunities and pathways for girls and women to participate at all levels of your sport. 
  • Promoting women’s voices and perspectives equally with men’s in your club. 
  • Using communications, marketing and events to demonstrate your club’s commitment to gender equality — both inside and outside the club. 
  • Reviewing how safe, welcoming, equal and inclusive your club is for women (for example surveying members about their experiences, reviewing your policies and club facilities) and developing an action plan to identify opportunities for improvement. 
  • Being a positive role model to children and young people by showing that both women and men play an active role at all levels of your club. 
  • Providing training and information to your club so everyone understands their role in preventing violence against women. 

Resources about preventing violence through sport

Examples of work by local government in sport and leisure