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Up to $10,000: ‘Change our Game’ scholarships available for women and girls in sport

By Vanessa Wiltshire

THE Andrews Government is calling for applications for scholarships of up to $10,000 for women looking to pursue leadership and development roles in sport and active recreation.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said local clubs and sporting bodies were encouraged to identify emerging female leaders who would benefit from the popular Change Our Game Scholarship Program.

Scholarships range from $2,000 to $10,000, with applications to be submitted on behalf of individuals by state sport and recreation bodies, regional sports assemblies and local government authorities.

The program flows from the government's drive to increase the number of women and girls involved in off-field decision-making roles in sport and active recreation.

The program has enabled more than 100 women working and volunteering in sport and recreation to access professional learning and development opportunities.

The scholarships are part of the government’s $7.2 million Change Our Game initiative aimed at levelling the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation.

Since 2014, the government has invested more than $850 million to provide community sport and recreation infrastructure across Victoria, including female-friendly change rooms to improve access for women and girls.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said every Victorian deserves equal access to opportunity. "We’re making sure women and girls have the support they need to change the game," he said.

Ms Symes added: “This is a great opportunity for women in Northern Victoria to help shape the sporting agenda.

“Sport is an integral part of our community and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to play its part in helping emerging female leaders enhance their skills and gain new opportunities.”

Office for Women in Sport and Recreation director Bridie O’Donnell said there was "overwhelming level of quality" in applications of previous rounds.

"We look forward to seeing a similar response again," she said.

Change Our Game Scholarship Program applications close on October 4. For more information, visit changeourgame.vic.gov.au