A host of Victorian clubs and leagues have made a stance against violence to women, ahead of the dedicated White Ribbon Round on the weekend.
Fifteen community leagues from across Victoria have joined the first state-wide White Ribbon Round initiative which seeks to raise critical awareness and funds to prevent violence against women.
One example of the support for the campaign has been seen at AFL Yarra Ranges, with the establishment of a new region education initiative.
In partnership with Yarra Valley Water and Eastern Health, AFL Yarra Ranges has created a welfare program called Leading the Change, which provides clubs with education and development sessions.
Facilitated by SALT (Sport and Life Training), the program focuses on two key areas in mental health and respect and responsibility.
The ten participating clubs – ranging from junior to senior clubs – will received the training over a three-year period.
AFL Yarra Ranges Region General Manager Aaron Bailey said that the program was vital in ensuring football was a welcoming place in the community.
“A clear focus of the AFL Yarra Ranges commission is to invest in projects that have social benefit for our community,” he said.
“With over 50% of the sides in our competition being female, this program aims to provide support to every community across the region and assist in ensuring our clubs and communities provide inclusive, safe and supportive environments for women.
“This is a powerful example of the positive impact that football and netball clubs can have on our communities.”
AFL Victoria’s White Ribbon Round will be held across the state from August 4-5.
See below a list of the participating leagues involved in the state-wide Round:
STATE LEAGUE COMPETITIONS
- Peter Jackson VFL
- Swisse VFL Women’s
- TAC Cup
- Ovens & King FNL
- Tallangatta DFL
- Albury Wodonga JFL
- Wangaratta DJFL
- Upper Murray FNL
- NEB Female League
AFL South East
AFL Yarra Ranges
- AFLYR Seniors
- Wimmera FL
- Horsham District FNL
AFL Central Victoria
- Bendigo FNL
- Heathcote and District FNL
- Loddon Valley FNL
- North Central FNL