Information for Coaches + Clubs
Become an Inclusive Leader Club
Gymnastics Victoria is committed to its vision of ‘Gymnastics for Everybody.’ All affiliate clubs are encouraged and supported to be inclusive leaders in their communities. An Inclusive Leader Club is one which collaborates with their wider community to ensure that opportunities in gymnastics are available to all. Clubs have the opportunity to be formally recognised as an Inclusive Leader Club by completing our Inclusive Club Guidelines, available on our Inclusive Club App. The Gymnastics Victoria Inclusion App can be downloaded for free from the Apple or Google Play Stores.
Benefits of becoming an Inclusive Leader Club
Inclusive sporting environments are those which make people feel welcome and valued, regardless of their ability, background or personal attributes. These environments are friendly and safe places, free of harassment and discrimination.
The nature of a sporting environment can be the difference between an individual choosing to become a regular participant or not. Therefore, clubs and associations should strive to create welcoming and inclusive environments in order to attract and retain more people in their sport.
Benefits of becoming an inclusive club include:
- Increased membership base and associated financial benefits
- Increased awareness of underrepresented groups and your local community needs
- Enhanced capacity to attract new staff and volunteers and retain current staff and volunteers
- Access to staff professional development and training opportunities
- Access to funding opportunities
- Access to resources and support from Gymnastics Victoria
- Inclusive community image and public relations. Your local council, sponsors and government agencies all have an interest in encouraging people of all abilities and backgrounds to participate in sport.
- Increased promotional opportunities
- Increased opportunities for partnership and sponsorship
- Access to awards and recognition
- Increased diversity of program delivery
- A positive club culture in which all staff, volunteers and participants feel welcome, safe and valued
Partner with Special Olympics
Gymnastics Victoria is proud to work closely alongside Special Olympics Australia to increase participation opportunities for gymnasts with intellectual disabilities. More information on Special Olympics can be found here.
Partner with Blind Sports Victoria
Gymnastics Victoria works closely with Blind Sports Victoria to increase sport and recreation opportunities for gymnasts who are blind or have a vision impairment. Clubs are supported to create tailored programs for these participants. More information on Blind Sports can be found here.
Gymnastics Victoria offers a range of complimentary inclusion resources to clubs. These include professional development workshops, communication tools, plain language guides, case studies and more. Click here to view our Inclusive Resources.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9005 4700.