Fair Game Respect Matters Program
In 2012, the Ballarat FNL Senior and Junior Clubs participated in the “Fair Game Respect Matters Program”, which was funded by Vic Health and conducted by AFL Victoria. The program was very well supported by the clubs in the Ballarat FNL and the program is designed to ensure that people throughout the football industry are aware of, and have structures in place, to recognise that violence against women and behaviour that harms or degrades them is never acceptable.
“Fair Game Respect Matters” is about changing the culture in community football clubs to make them more inclusive and friendly towards women and girls. Many females play very important roles within clubs across the Ballarat FNL and this has only grown in recent times which is great to see.
Please click on the below links to find out more about the program and the policy’s associated with the program.
Direct link to the Fair Game Respect Matters Website
Direct link to the Fair Game Respect and Responsibility policy
Fair Game Respect Matters Survey
The 'Fair Game Respect Matters' program is funded by Vic Health andwasintroduced as a 4-year pilot program in the Northern Football League and the Essendon District Football program. The program is designed to ensurethat people throughout the football industry are aware of, and have structures in place, to recognise that violence against women and behaviour that harms or degrades them is never acceptable.
'Fair Game Respect Matters' is about changing the culture in community football clubs to make them more inclusive and friendly towards women and girls. The men and women involved in 'Fair Game Respect Matters' in the NFL and EDFL are working towards creating more vibrant, family friendly and most importantly, inclusive clubs that value and demonstrate respect for all membersand this has long been our aim in the Ballarat FNL and builds on a number of important initiatives we have implemented in recent years that include:
· “Respect For Women Round”with Purple Arm bands & fundraising for Ballarat CASA
· White Ribbon Ambassadors in CEO Rod Ward & Ballarat FNL Board
· Dedication of Semi Finals & support of Vic Govt “ENOUGH”campaign
· Implementation of AFL “Community Education Program”at all Clubs in 2011
· Women Making their Mark Lunch in 2011
a) Each Club to nominate a male & female “Club Driver”to attend the sessions and to drive the program at Club level.
b) The Orientation Sessionsbe held as follows:
a. Ballarat Session for Senior Clubs (6 clubs with 12 reps)
b. 2 X Ballarat Sessions for Ballarat based JUNIOR Clubs (8 Clubs so 4 clubs at each session with 8 reps at each)
c. “Eastern Session”(likely to be at BMFC) to cover 5 Eastern Senior Clubs (Darley, BMFC, Melton, Melton Sth, Sunbury) and 2 Eastern Junior Clubs (DJFC, BMJFC) which will be 7 Clubs –14 reps.
c) All sessions to be at 7.00pm and wrapped up by 8.30pm
d) Sessions 2 –5 will be the Training Programs and will be hosted as follows:
a. Ballarat session where all Senior & Junior Clubs will “come
b. Eastern sessions will remain as above.
e) All Ballarat sessions will be at Saxon House
f) BFNL to invite AFL Vic Development Mgr Tim Shearer to be involved.