FFV Takes Equality Pledge

FFV signs VicHealth Gender Equality in Sport Leadership Pledge

The Victorian Government has announced that Football Federation Victoria (FFV) will share in $2.9 million to create new opportunities for women and girls to get involved in grassroots sport.

FFV President Kimon Taliadoros joined Minister for Health Hon Jill Hennessy MP and Minister for Sport Hon John Eren MP to launch VicHealth’s new $6.7 million Active Women and Girls for Health and Wellbeing program –  the agency’s biggest ever investment in female activity.

The Victorian State Government is shining the spotlight on women’s sport by kicking off a new program to boost women’s and girl’s participation and improve gender equality – on and off the field.

The Women and Girls for Health and Wellbeing program will see key sporting organisations including FFV and elite clubs such as Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City step up their efforts to promote gender equality in sport.

FFV President Kimon Taliadoros said he was delighted that FFV could partner with VicHealth to support more Victorian women and girls to get active.

"Having championed women’s sport for decades, FFV is delighted that VicHealth and the State Government are prioritising infrastructure and targeted initiatives for women in sport," Mr Taliadoros said.

“We are particularly proud that the Westfield Matildas are Australia’s leading international sports team and value the leadership role they have played in ensuring women can follow in the footsteps of their heroes and have inspirational female role models across our beautiful game."

Mr Taliadoros attended the State Netball and Hockey Centre on Thursday to sign the VicHealth Gender Equality in Sport Leadership Pledge – a commitment to promote gender equality with Australian sport.

With the support of VicHealth funding, FFV will also continue to promote gender equality and increase the profile of women’s sport by promoting the This Girl Can Victoria campaign to the Victorian football community.

By taking the VicHealth Gender Equality in Sport Leadership Pledge, FFV is also committing to achieving gender balance in public events, marketing and also prioritising access for women and girls in all facilities.

Find out more about the This Girl Can Victoria campaign by visiting thisgirlcan.com.au and you can join the This Girl Can community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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