Respect Starts Here – Football and Netball Clubs
Registrations are now open for the 2024 season of Respect Starts Here, a program that supports Football and Netball clubs across Barwon to progress gender equality and promote respect within your club and community.
Clubs are invited to register for one of two streams, designed to support clubs who are either exploring what gender equality means for them, or a more advanced stream for clubs ready to go All in. Both streams help clubs to identify goals and actions to support gender equality, and build capacity of members to stand up for equality and respect within the club.
The program will be delivered over the 2024 and 2025 seasons and is delivered free of charge thanks to the Geelong Community Foundation Major Grants Program. Respect Starts Here is run by The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre.
Stream 1: Getting started
Getting Started supports your club to identify and set priorities for gender equality in sport and build capacity of leaders within the club to promote equality and respect.
Club leaders participate in 3 collaborative sessions:
- Gender Equality Quick Wins workshop – to identify your club’s priorities for promoting gender equality and respect within your club. The outcome of this workshop will be sent to your club’s committee for review and approval.
- Poster display and key messaging workshop – a collaborative session to tailor gender equality and respect messages for your club based on your gender equality priorities. Along with club photos/images, the key messages will be turned into posters for display around the club and on social media to communicate the values and priorities of the club.
- Bystander action and responding to disclosures workshop for club leaders – this session builds the capacity of leaders to stand up to disrespectful attitudes and behaviours. It will teach the core elements of responding to someone disclosing an experience of sexism, bullying, sexual assault, or violence within the home.
Getting started is a program for people who take on leadership roles across the club including committee members, coaches, coordinators, captains, and informal peer leaders.
Stream 2: All in
All in supports your club to take an in-depth approach to understanding and addressing gender equality in sport. This collaborative and tailored program spans two seasons, building the knowledge and capacity of all club members from the age of 14.
The All in leadership group (Club Action Group) participates in 4 collaborative in-person sessions across the 2024 season:
- Respect Starts Here information session and inaugural planning meeting
- Poster display and key messaging workshop – a collaborative session to tailor gender equality and respect messages for your club. Along with club photos/images, the key messages will be turned into posters for display around the club and on social media to communicate the values and priorities of the club.
- Gender Equity Needs Assessment workshop and member survey – this session aims to understand the current state of gender equality in the club, the club’s priorities and goals for gender equality and respect within the club. It includes a whole of club member survey that provides an opportunity for all club members to contribute to the process.
- Gender Equity Action Plan workshop – building on the data collected through the needs assessment and member survey, this workshop supports the club action group to create an achievable plan for action to meet the club’s gender equality goals. Action plans are then brought to the club committee for approval.
The program expands to whole-of-club in the 2025 season:
- Bystander action and responding to disclosures workshop for club leaders – this session builds the capacity of leaders to speak up against disrespectful attitudes and behaviours. It will teach the core elements of responding to someone disclosing an experience of sexism, bullying, sexual assault, or violence within the home.
- Bystander action workshops for members – the 90min workshops build the capacity of members to stand up to disrespectful attitudes and behaviours. Workshops are generally delivered in place of a training and are for members 14 years and up.
- Action plan implementation sessions– up to 3 meetings of the club action group with The SAFV Centre to check in on the implementation of the action plan (developed in the first half of the program) and identify areas for further support.
All in is a whole-of-club program. A Club Action Group of 8-12 people from across the club is convened to lead the gender equality work. Representatives from the various groups within the club are encouraged to join including committee members, coaches, coordinators, captains, parents, and other engaged members from football and netball, and junior clubs if applicable. Active bystander workshops are delivered to all players 14 years and up and can be extended to include parents and social members upon request.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should sporting clubs support gender equality or prevent violence against women?
Sporting clubs have an important role in preventing violence against women.
Preventing violence against women is everyone’s business. Sporting clubs are a key setting of connection and belonging among local communities and as influential leaders are well placed to create gender equal environments which promote respect, inclusion and safety.
Sport and recreation have been identified as a priority setting with high potential for impact and Respect Starts Here aligns with the Guidelines for Preventing Violence Against Women: Taking Action Through Community Sport, which provides an evidence base for practically embedding gender equity in community sports and ultimately preventing violence against women.
Why Active Bystander workshops?
A central component of promoting gender equality is the ability to take a stand against disrespectful language, attitudes, and behaviours. Active bystander workshops build the capacity of club leaders to respond in the moment and uphold the club’s commitment to gender equality. The workshops include useful tools and real-life scenarios to build confidence to take action. While the content in this training focuses on attitudes and behaviours that disrespect women and non-binary people, the tools can be applied to any disrespectful behaviour and comments including bullying, that go against the club’s values.
What is the time commitment?
Getting started takes approximately 6 hours over the three sessions. The key contact for the club may put in a little extra time coordinating the sessions with The SAFV Centre. The key contact will also work with The SAFV Centre to identify who within the club should be included in each of the sessions.
All in takes place over two seasons to keep the per-season time commitment down. In the 2024 season, Club Action Group Members will participate in approximately 7 hours over 4 sessions. In 2025 season, the Club Action Group will have 3 meetings of 1-2hrs in length, and players and coaches will participate in 1x Active Bystander workshop (2hrs for club leaders, 90mins for players).
How do I know which stream to register for?
If you are not sure, reach out to us and have a chat. Our general advice is if you club committee has made a strong indication that they want to focus on gender equality, and/or making the club a more respectful and inclusive space for women, girls and non-binary people you may be ready for All in. This stream also requires a committed group of people from across the club to support the implementation of the program. The Club Action Group will be required to attend 4 sessions in the 2024 season and 3-4 session in the 2025 season.
If gender equality matters to your club, but you are unsure if you have the resources to support All in, then Getting started may be the better option. This option still requires participation from leaders within the club, but only over 3 sessions in the 2024 season.
How much does it cost?
The program is offered free of charge thanks to funding from the Geelong Community Foundation.