Football Victoria (FV) has been recognised as a Bronze tier organisation at the recent 2021 Australian Pride in Sport Awards.
The awards were able to present the results of the Australian Pride in Sport Index, a national benchmarking tool used to assess LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport. The Pride in Sport Awards, held on the 13th of April at the Hyatt Regency Sydney, was hosted by ABC journalist and Twenty10 Board Member Mon Schafter.
Pride in Sport is Australia’s first and only sporting acceptance program specifically designed to assist sporting organisations with LGBTI inclusion.
FV’s recognition is a result of the member federation’s continued efforts to promote inclusion and equality within football and the wider community. This announcement of FV as a Bronze tier level organisation marks the highest honour that they have received from Pride in Sport to date.
Executive Manager Growth and Inclusion Karen Pearce shared her delight with the outcome, outlining how FV will strive to build on this achievement heading into the future.
“This recognition is a testament to FV’s dedication to truly make football for all. As an organisation we have continuously worked hard to ensure that we are championing inclusion and are at the forefront of diversity,” she said.
“Everyone at FV is immensely proud of this achievement and we will use this as inspiration to continue to develop and set a strong example for the future.”
As part of the 2021 Pride in Sport Recipients, they marked a milestone with five organisations reaching gold status – the highest benchmark level. They were BlocHaus Port Melbourne, Cricket Australia, MQ Sport, RMIT University Sport and Tennis Australia.
The Australian Pride in Sport Awards delved into multiple areas of sporting organisations and beyond, where they also acknowledged other achievements made by coaches, role models, media outlets and others. For anyone mentioned, their contribution has lead towards greater inclusion of people with diverse sexualities and genders.
FV’s commitment to inclusion was strengthened further when the 2021 Pride Football Victoria Cup took place in Melbourne on April 20. The two competing teams were Melbourne Rovers and Victoria Police who battled it out for a 5th title.