Change Our Game Research Grants Program approaching deadline

Change Our Game Research Grants Program
The Victorian Government’s 2022-23 Change Our Game Research Grants Program is available for state-based university researchers until Monday April 17 2023.

This Program provides grants of up to $25,000 to support projects that investigate emerging issues and find solutions regarding barriers for women and girls’ participation, as well as leadership in sport and active recreation in Victoria.

Grants can be used for Victorian universities to undertake projects aimed at improving the environment for women and girls in sport and active recreation.

Made possible by the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (OWSR), it reflects the Victorian Government’s commitment to provide welcoming and inclusive sport and recreation environments, promoting health and wellbeing and boosting research throughout the state.

For the 2022-23 Program, eligible applicants can submit applications for projects within two streams.

For each, the OWSR has identified key areas of interest that are listed below. Applicants can nominate themes not listed, to be considered for their relevance.

Stream 1 – Community sport and active recreation

  • Fair access to community facilities
  • Taking an intersectional approach
  • Women in leadership roles in community sport
  • Adolescent girls’ participation in organised sport

Stream 2 – Sport leadership

  • Women in sports media
  • Gender equity in the sport job market
  • Men as allies in gender equity

To be eligible for funding from the Program, the applicant must be a Victorian university.

Applications must:

  • be submitted by a person employed by a Victorian university, with authority to submit the application on behalf of the Victorian university;
  • to be conducted by a proposed research team led by at least one Victoria-based lead researcher;
  • include at least one Victoria-based early career researcher in the proposed research team;
  • undertake the funded research project predominately in Victoria.

To submit an application, visit the Change Our Game website

Applications close at 5pm AEST, Monday April 17 2023.

Staff Writer
Soccerscene is committed to promoting, enhancing and growing the soccer industry in Australia. We believe soccer news has captured the attention of grassroots soccer clubs, apparel and equipment suppliers – which extends to governing bodies, club administrators and industry decision makers. Many of the auxiliary products and services support the growth of the soccer industry in Australia and Asia, a passion we also share and want to express through our work.

Ross Reserve Athletics set for practical completion

SPORTENG, in collaboration with the City of Greater Dandenong Council, confirmed that Ross Reserve Athletics is set for practical completion – which involves a brand new synthetic turf football pitch.

In 2021, the Greater Dandenong council announced a mega upgrade of Ross Reserve Athletics in the form of a sporting hub that would feature a brand-new pavilion, swimming complex and skate park on top of the new synthetic turf pitch.

The project included installation of a synthetic grass soccer pitch complete with fencing, two coaches’ boxes and competition grade lighting allowing for night matches and training.

SPORTENG is a leading Australian engineering company creating quality sports facilities to enhance the sporting experience. The company, which started in 2015, have completed 805 projects and were chosen by the City of Greater Dandenong to oversee this huge project.

Using a connection with surface system company Tuff Group, they were able to develop the high quality pitch that will be the home ground for State League 4 side Springvale City Soccer Club who will hugely benefit from an upgraded pitch and facility.

Tuff Group have used VMAX50 Synthetic Turf to design the synthetic pitch after significant collaboration with end users such as football clubs and education facilities to create the perfect football or multipurpose surface.

This system utilises a dual-yarn composition that minimises infill splash whilst ensuring the playing surface is consistent, durable, and of elite quality no matter the circumstance.

VMAX50 is FIFA certified and has a history of providing quality and performance which is an asset.

Greater Dandenong currently takes charge of 14 football fields across the area and have been pretty active in securing major upgrades. In late 2023, they got funding for a $700,000 LED lighting upgrade at George Andrews Reserve, home of Dandenong Thunder.

The overall goal was to create facilities that would initiate a rise in participation and the new pitch along with the other grass fields will help Springvale City Soccer Club’s junior system, giving them a space to use in close proximity to the home ground.

It is an exciting upgrade for Springvale City Soccer Club and other local teams who will be able to play in night matches at Ross Reserve’s new synthetic turf pitch following this important upgrade.

Long-awaited new facility welcomed for NSW football staple

Hurlstone Park Wanderers has unveiled new facilities in which they were desperate to acquire following half a century of operation prior to its last upgrade.

The state-of-the-art sports facility was opened on March 22, 2024 – made possible by City of Canterbury Bankstown Council and Football Canterbury.

Hurlstone Park Wanderers are a club which boasts a rich history amongst football within Australia, and in particular New South Wales. Since it’s inception in 1924, Hurlstone Park Reserve has been sustained by the lifeblood of every sporting body across the globe – it’s fans through relentless volunteering for the club’s upkeep. Ensuring playing surfaces were maintained, alongside ensuring club room operations and hospitality for club representatives, supporters and the visiting opponents.

In 1969 Hurlstone Park Reserve was renamed after local Canterbury mayor John Henry Ewen served as Canterbury mayor within the 1920s. The title for the venue was thus changed to Ewen Park.

As one of Australia’s longest functioning football clubs which are currently celebrating their 100th year of operations, the timing of the unveiling of new facilities at their home stadium could not have been more fitting.

Chief Executive Officer of Football NSW John Tsatsimas showcased the progress made on X for the club stating: “Massive congratulations to the club who have been pursuing this project for about 20 years and are celebrating their 100th year this season! A great outcome for this great club and the football community in the Canterbury Association”.

Within his social media post, it was also acknowledged that Australian football great Jim Fraser was honoured by the Canterbury based club in whom he spent his junior years playing at. The former Socceroo had the club room named in his honour. Tsatsimas labelled the former player as a “massive contributor to the game at all levels…forged a career in our game few have emulated over such a lengthy period of time.”

The new building on display at Ewen Park was made possible through the contribution of Wanderers volunteers who contributed to raising funds for more than two decades to emulate the new facilities. The club was also assisted by NSW Government, and their Greater Cities Sport Facilities Fund Grant.

Most Popular Topics

Editor Picks

Send this to a friend