The Story of Changing Gippsland’s Game:
Established in 2018 with funding from Change Our Game through a Workforce Development Grant, the Changing Gippsland’s Game network comprises dedicated women from various sectors of community sports across Gippsland. These women represent State Sporting Associations, Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV), GippSport, and Local Government.
Throughout their quarterly meetings, a recurring theme emerged: “What can we do to make a difference in Gippsland?”
It became evident that men were notably absent from these discussions, leaving the responsibility for gender equality advocacy predominantly on women’s shoulders.
Given GippSport’s involvement in gender equality initiatives within male-dominated environments, the organization sought ways to enhance its impact in these spaces. An existing partnership with Dr. Erica Randle, Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University’s Centre for Sport and Social Impact, led to the collaborative submission of a Change Our Game Research Grant application.
The inclusion of an academic partner was pivotal, providing access to evidence-based research—a valuable resource often lacking in their work. Moreover, this partnership presented a significant capacity-building opportunity for both GippSport staff and the network members, fostering a culture of continuous learning.
The Changing Gippsland’s Game network played a crucial role throughout the research process, assisting in participant recruitment for surveys and workshops, as well as testing research findings.