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Rainbow Ready Clubs Expression of Interest (Cardinia/Nillumbik)

Interested in helping your club become Rainbow Ready?

The Rainbow Ready Clubs program has been developed to support sports clubs on the path to becoming rainbow ready.

Drawing on research, lived experience and industry expertise, this program is for any sports club that wants to create safe and inclusive practices and spaces for its players, volunteers, officials, fans and any other club stakeholders.
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Why become Rainbow Ready?

  • Be at the forefront of LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport and recreation
  • Create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone involved in and connected to your club to feel safe, welcome and accepted. 
  • Attract and retain people from the LGBTIQ+ communities within all aspects of your club. 
  • Demonstrate leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Promote being Rainbow Ready across your marketing
  • Show your support to the LGBTIQ+ communities (the estimated purchasing power of the Australian LGBTIQ+ community is $100 billion)
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Rainbow Roadmap for Sports Clubs

For more information, download our PDF with more information

1 in 10 people identify as part of the LGBTIQ+ community yet 42% of those who identify are not open in social settings. Sport, recreation, and gym settings have long been seen as unsafe spaces for large numbers of the LGBTIQ+ communities, leading to a lack of engagement in the first instance and a higher dropout rate over time. These communities are at higher risk of health inequalities and are unlikely to return to an activity or setting that has resulted in negative experiences
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How should I prepare for the Rainbow Ready Clubs program?

The Rainbow Ready Clubs program is fully funded via the Victorian Government which will provide you with hands-on support by Proud 2 Play with support from your local council area (Cardinia Shire Council & Nillumbik Shire Council). The program uses the Rainbow Roadmap framework which is an industry-standard program designed to assist your club at all stages of your journey in LGBTIQ+ inclusion.

To get started, simply fill out the expression of interest form and start developing a small working group of 4-6 people across all areas of your club - committee members, volunteers, coaches, officials and players. We will then reach out with more information and discuss the next steps with you and your working group.

The Rainbow Roadmap Framework

ASSESS
1. ASSESS - assessment and audit of where the organisation currently is at, regarding LGBTIQ+ inclusion in their organisation and sport.
EDUCATE
2. EDUCATE - organisation undertakes training and education to increase knowledge of LGBTIQ+ inclusion.
3. CONSULT - organisation to undertake community consultation to understand the experiences and needs of the LGBTIQ+ people within their sport and organisation.
CONSULT
ENGAGE
4. ENGAGE - organisation to engage with activities and practices related to LGBTIQ+ inclusion.
ENACT
5. ENACT - organisations to enact LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices, processes, and policies across the organisation and adopt as core everyday business.
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