Football Victoria have announced a partnership with Siren: A Women in Sport Collective, through their Emerging Sports Writer Program.
The program provides women in sport the chance to gain experience in the sports media world, assisting those transitioning from tertiary education and other courses.
FV CEO Kimon Taliadoros believes the partnership aligns with FV’s overall commitment to equality, both on and off the field.
“Participation for girls and women has gone from strength to strength in recent years, but it’s equally important that we invest in supporting equality off the pitch,” he said.
“Promoting opportunities for women in sports media will provide a greater voice for women in football and build stronger pathways for women seeking careers within our beautiful game.”
Football Victoria and Siren will work together to choose applicants who are particularly passionate about football media, with the governing body to then sponsor the individuals who are selected.
Dr Kasey Symons from Siren welcomed the support for the next batch of women eager to enter the sports media landscape.
“Women have traditionally lacked opportunities in mainstream sports media, but through programs like the Emerging Sports Writer Program we can start to bridge the gap through targeted guidance and support specific to the needs and career goals of the applicants,” she said.
Executive Manager Growth and Inclusion at Football Victoria, Karen Pearce, said: “As a part of FV’s Strategic Plan, we set the ambitious target to achieve 50/50 gender participation by 2027. Elevating more women into sports media will create a stronger collective voice for women in sport and encourage more young girls to embrace our beautiful game.”
More information about Siren: A Women in Sport Collective can be viewed here.