Australian sports clubs targeted to lead by example and effect social change

Club Respect co-founders Mary Crooks AO (Victorian Women’s Trust) and Paul Zappa (NIRODAH) spoke to Guardian Australia about our latest initiative Club Respect and how it will equip clubs to become places of respect and fair play.

Club Respect: A New Kind of Team

Club Respect, a new website created by the Victorian Women’s Trust and NIRODAH, will help sporting clubs of all codes and levels hit the ground running when it comes to preventing violent or abusive behaviour. Sporting clubs play a central role…

Club Respect Launching at AAMI Park!

  Kicking goals whilst winning hearts and minds – that’s what Club Respect is all about. Club Respect is a practical website designed for sports clubs of all shapes and sizes to reduce violent and abusive behaviour.

More Than Silverware

AFL is my thing – I’ve loved it as long as I can remember. Being a Hawthorn fan, it was easy to love what happened on the field and for years that was enough. But the longer I have…

Sport Has Been Driving Community Development for Generations of Australians

“You’re starting on the bench today,” said my Under-11’s soccer coach on a cold and windy Sunday in 1994. I didn’t end up playing at all that game and it was freezing. Maybe I should’ve tried harder at the training…

Club Respect: “It’s a Winning Formula”

Club Respect, a new digital toolkit created by the Victorian Women’s Trust and NIRODAH, will help any sports club to hit the ground running when it comes to preventing violent or abusive behaviour, says Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director…

What Makes a Winner?

You can hardly talk about Australian culture without taking about sport. Whether it’s surfing down the coast on the weekend, playing a game of backyard cricket with your mates, or cheering on your team at the MCG, most Australians participate…

The difference between winning and succeeding

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA.  …

The Simple Motto That Sees Melbourne Storm Through All Kinds of Weather

Brian Phelan is the player development manager at Melbourne Storm, a position he has held since 2006. For many years, Brian has been a friend of the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT), one of the creators of…

More money may be pouring into women’s sport, but there’s still a dearth of female coaches

Participation in women’s sport has grown exponentially in recent years. There are 80,000 more females playing Australian rules football in 2017; females now account for 30% of all participants. And there are now 1,690 dedicated female teams – an increase…