Fair Go, Sport! is an Australian Sports Commission funded project which aims to increase awareness of sexual and gender diversity and promote safe and inclusive environment for everyone. The program is major project partners with Hockey Australia and Hockey Victoria and is being managed by the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights commission. The project is a great opportunity for hockey to explore the issue of diversity and inclusion in a positive way.
Currently in its second year within Hockey Victoria, La Trobe University Hockey Club is a pilot club and will be holding Fair Go, Sport! Round on August 3rd and 4th, where we’ll be recognising our club as a safe environment for everyone and celebrating sexual and gender diversity.
On Saturday 3rd of August we would like to invite everyone down to the Cauldron to support our Men and Womens 1s and 2s teams, kicking off with the Men’s 2s at 12:30pm, Men’s 1s at 2pm, Women’s 1s at 3:30pm and Women’s 2s at 5pm. The day will include face painting for the kids, half time music by the one and only DJ Robbie Diff, the famous Gunners BBQ as well as rainbow food! The Fair Go, Sport! Round is the same weekend as our Club’s Cocktail Night, so get down to the club for an afternoon of hockey before kicking onto the club rooms for Cocktail Night.
As well as the Men’s and Women’s 1s and 2s Captains wearing rainbow socks on Saturday , all La Trobe teams playing in Round 15 will be given multi coloured wrist bands to present to their opposition as a way of acknowledging the round and involving other clubs in this worthwhile project. There will also be a medal awarded to the “Fairest” player in each of the Women’s and Men’s 1s.
Beyond the weekend, the club is using the opportunity as a pilot club to develop policies regarding member protection. Along side the work already being undertaken as part of the Women’s and Girls Pilot Program a key initiative for 2014 will be the development of a Member Protection/Inclusion Officer role as well as a review of the Code of Conduct regarding grievance procedures. This is just one of many new initiatives currently being undertaken by the club.