• Intersex people: not invisible in sport but inadvertently excluded

    Intersex people: not invisible in sport but inadvertently excluded

    There are many misconceptions and generalisations about intersex people in sport.  Often these are based on assumptions that intersex people are a homogeneous group, and an identity group, a sexual orientation or a gender identity. The reality is different, both more complex and more mundane. 

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  • Out of hours player behaviour

    Out of hours player behaviour

    Sporting clubs and organisations should be conscious of putting safeguards in place so as to curb behaviour that could bring the sport and the club into disrepute in order to protect and preserve the image and reputation of stakeholders.

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  • 2018 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum

    2018 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum

    Doors are now open to register for the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum to be held the 11th October 2018 in Melbourne. Check out what's happening at this years Forum and register online. 

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  • Fair Play Online

    Fair Play Online

    Social media has become a powerful tool for people to engage, connect, communicate, learn and grow. To help achieve this aim for Australian women, the eSafety Office recently launched a pilot program: Women Influencing Tech Spaces (WITS).

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  • Support girls to 'play up' against boys

    Support girls to 'play up' against boys

    Australian women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning and BMX world champion Caroline Buchanan are among many elite female athletes who had to “mix it up with the boys” in their formative years because there was no girls’ competition in their respective sports.

    Would they still have reached elite levels if clubs had turned them away?

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  • Can an apology lead to change?

    Can an apology lead to change?

    In July 2014 New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent received a life ban from the sport for match fixing. Vincent's public apology gave cricket a fulcrum for the necessary learning and growing conversations around the impacts of corruption. Can an apology lead to change?

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  • Practical steps to supporting diversity in junior sport

    Practical steps to supporting diversity in junior sport

    Junior sport is an important setting for promoting diversity and social inclusion because it is where many children and young people learn about social norms and develop attitudes towards people with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

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  • 7 lessons for sport from the Royal Commission's report into child abuse

    7 lessons for sport from the Royal Commission's report into child abuse

    There are many lessons for sport here, not only in the context of the recommendations, but also in the process and general findings of the Royal Commissions work. In this article we draw out some of these lessons to help you think about and develop practical solutions that suit your organisation.  
     

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  • Awarding what matters in sport

    Awarding what matters in sport

    There’s something truly noble about the ability to produce great effort, and we all know it when we see it. Struggle has a certain truth to it, a kind of integrity that can’t be faked - at least not to oneself and not for very long.

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  • Club communication tips

    Club communication tips

    Play by the Rules is all about fair, safe and inclusive sport and recreation. Many clubs have great practises in this area, with good leadership, policies and programs in place. But do you tell your members about it? 
     

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  • eSafety and sport - using technology to best advantage

    eSafety and sport - using technology to best advantage

    There are many benefits of social media for sporting clubs. But, importantly, there are also risks, including cyberbullying and image based abuse. How do you minimise risks on social media?

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  • What is mediation?

    What is mediation?

    Mediation is also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution but may be otherwise described as a managed conversation. But what does it entail for your sports club or association? What's the role of the Board? Why and when to mediate?   

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  • The mercy rule in children's sport - help or hindrance?

    The mercy rule in children's sport - help or hindrance?

    Kids don’t begin playing sport with the sole intention of winning. So what does it say when one sport  implements a ‘mercy’ rule in an endeavour to avoid astronomical losses and ‘preserve the fun’, while another sport eliminates the mercy rule saying it sucks the fun out of playing because it promotes the idea that losing is shameful?

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  • Everyone matters! How design thinking and universal design principles could help us build better & more inclusive sport programs

    Everyone matters! How design thinking and universal design principles could help us build better & more inclusive sport programs

    Inclusive design takes into account the broad range of diversity in our society such as age, gender, race, culture, language, socio economic background, ability, sexual orientation and other types of difference.

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  • When tragedy strikes

    When tragedy strikes

    We all experience personal tragedy from time to time: the loss of a parent, the death of someone else close to us, perhaps a house fire or an accident that results in disability. At times like these, those around us – our communities – play an important supportive role. For many of us, our local sporting club IS our community.
     

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  • Safe Celebrations

    Safe Celebrations

    Everybody loves a club function. They’re a great chance to celebrate the club, get together with teammates and build comradery and team morale. The best celebrations are events where everyone feels safe and involved.

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  • PaRANTING from the sidelines

    PaRANTING from the sidelines

    If you have a child who plays sport then aim to train yourself, from the very first blow of the very first whistle, to offer encouragement and encouragement only from the sideline. Learn early how to bite your tongue when you feel you would like to add anything more than this to the game.

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  • Governance is just a word for doing business better

    Governance is just a word for doing business better

    Governance is just a fancy word for doing the business of your sport’s board or committee better. But good governance is essential to keeping your club or organisation safe, fair and inclusive. These 10 tips are written to help you and your board/committee do the job you were elected to do as well as you possibly can.

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  • It's not what sport children play, but how they play it that matters

    It's not what sport children play, but how they play it that matters

    Sport is massive and it’s everywhere: on TV, in videogames, and on the streets. As a consequence, myths about the inherent greatness of sport have grown. One such myth is the belief that sport itself is ideally suited to help disadvantaged young people.

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  • The rise of emotional abuse in children's sport

    The rise of emotional abuse in children's sport

    Emotional abuse is the most common form of injury in children’s sport. It largely goes unseen but can have profound and long-term effects, not just on the sports field.

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