The NSW Government has increased its support for women’s sport following the awarding of $650,000 to 24 sporting organisations in the Her Sport Her Way Grant Program.
The Program is providing more than $2.5 million over four years to State Sporting Organisations to help increase participation, promote leadership and encourage inclusivity for women in sport.
Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government was fully committed to driving significant change in women’s sport.
“Women’s sport is going through a period of exponential growth and change,” Mr Ayres said.
“The NSW Government is fully committed to being at the forefront of this growth and leading change through programs and investment that makes women’s sport safer and more inclusive for anyone that wants to lace up a boot or pick up a cricket bat.
“These grants will enable sports to develop innovative programs to get more women and girls involved in sport as players, coaches and officials.”
The Her Sport Her Way Grants Program is part of the NSW Government’s women in sport strategy, Her Sport Her Way.
As a result of the strategy, the NSW Government has prioritised $255 million in investment in female friendly facilities across the state through its sports infrastructure funding programs.
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said women’s sport continues to go from strength to strength right across NSW.
“As Minister for Women, I am so excited to see programs like Her Sport Her Way empowering our girls and young women to become tomorrow’s sporting superstars,” Mrs Taylor said.
Grants of $10,000 – $50,000 were available under the Her Sport Her Way Program with sports able to seek grants for multiple projects across various locations.
NSW Rugby League received $50,000 for its Women in Sport Leadership Program which aims to provide aspiring elite female coaches with skills to excel as leaders.
NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said: “The Australian sporting sector has the potential to become a leader in gender equity, but to achieve this we need to enhance the recruitment and retention of women leaders, coaches and match officials.
“Our own Tracie Edmondson has proven herself to be a great leader in this area, having conceived, developed and implemented the program.
“We hope this program will help enable women to explore greater career opportunities.
“It not only supports the development of the women’s Rugby League competition; it promotes the advancement of women into senior coaching and leadership roles in other sports and workplaces, too.”
Tennis NSW received $23,500 for its Teen Tennis for Girls Program which aims to aims to reduce barriers to participation for girls aged 15-18 through events that focus on fun, building self-esteem and confidence.
“Tennis NSW is grateful for the funding awarded to us through the Her Sport Her Way grant program which has supported our delivery of programs supporting women and girls in tennis across NSW,” Tennis NSW CEO Darren Simpson said.
“Data tells us that girls participation in tennis declines from 14 years of age.
“The Teen Tennis for Girls program will provide important support to retain girls and allow them to enjoy all of the benefits sport and tennis can provide girls in those important years.”
For a full list of grant recipients visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/her-sport-her-sport-way-2021-22-grant-recipients
For further information on the Her Sport Her Way Grants Program visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/her-sport-her-way