Published on August 8, 2017 5:01 pm

Vic clubs lace up to tackle social violence

A host of Victorian community sports clubs are lacing up to tackle social violence this weekend for Step Back Think’s dedicated Lace Up Week campaign from August 7-13.

Over 150 grassroots clubs from across Australia will swap their traditional laces for orange ones, to raise awareness about social violence, which includes one-punch assaults, pub brawls and street fights.

Of the 155 clubs across the country involved in the campaign, 58 of them hail from Victorian country and metropolitan football leagues.

Essendon District Football League and Western Region Football League lead the way with the most clubs involved in the campaign with nine clubs each, followed by Bendigo Football Netball League with seven participating clubs.

Currently in its fifth year, the Lace Up Week campaign has grown to more than 30,000 participants across Australia who pledge to create awareness around the dangers of social violence.

According to new figures released by the Social Violence Register, 20 Australians died from social violence in 2016, four of which occurred in Victoria.

With more than 55 per cent of social violence victims last year aged under 30, a host of Australian sporting greats have joined in the fight to put an end to social violence as official 2017 Lace Up Ambassadors.

Among the list of 2017 Ambassadors are current AFL stars and VFL products Michael Barlow (Werribee/Gold Coast), Adam Saad (Coburg/ Gold Coast) and Callum Sinclair (Port Melbourne/ Sydney) along with AFLW and Swisse VFL Women’s stars Sarah Hosking and Jess Hosking (Seaford/ Carlton) as well as TAC Cup products Michael Rischitelli (Western Jets), Tom Nicolls (Gold Coast), Jack Billings (Oakleigh/St.Kilda) and Nathan Hrovat (Northern Knights/North Melbourne).

  • CLICK HERE to see a list of Victorian sporting clubs involved in this year’s campaign…

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