Women Leaders in Sport federal grant

The Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program is an Australian Government initiative that is managed by Sport Australia in partnership with the Office for Women providing women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sport industry.

The WLIS program aims to provide women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sport industry.

Since 2002, the program has provided leadership development for over 24,000 women in sport.

In 2020 the WLIS program will offer the following:

  • Leadership Workshops for individuals and organisations, and
  • Development Grants for individuals and organisations.

Important dates

  • Applications open: 9:00am (AEST) Monday 26 August 2019
  • Applications close: 5:00pm (AEST) Monday 23 September 2019
  • Applicants notified: November 2019
  • Grant payments processed: December 2019

Contact us

Phone: +61 2 6214 1463
Email: wlis@sportaus.gov.au
Web: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/women_leaders_in_sport


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Football Queensland hosts first C Diploma course in four years

C Diploma course

Football Queensland (FQ) has hosted the state’s first female-only Football Australia/AFC C Diploma course since 2018, sparking more development opportunities for women in coaching.

16 candidates from clubs across Brisbane took their next step on the coaching pathway as they completed Part 1 of the course in November.

In an ongoing objective to contribute to Football Australia’s target of 100,000 registered coaches, FQ will regularly conduct coaching programs by providing dedicated coaching staff. With the impact of Covid-19 less than it was just a couple years ago, it will lead to programs being consistently run, such as for AFC C Diploma qualifications.

In general, the coaching pathways can be either from community-based or advanced coaching courses, creating pathways to move from grassroots all the way up to the professional environment.

Football & State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer said in an FQ statement:

“As outlined in our recently released 2023 – 2026 Strategic Plan, Football Queensland is committed to achieving 50/50 gender parity in participants, referees, committees and club officials by 2027,” he explained. 

“Growing the number of female coaches across the state is critical to meeting this gender parity target, so we’re excited to provide more development opportunities for our female coaching candidates as we support them in their progression by offering female-only courses.

“Football Queensland has already been very active in the delivery of courses specifically for female coaches at the community level, and just recently we were proud to deliver the country’s first ever female-only Football Australia/AFC B Diploma. 

“We’re excited to further strengthen the opportunities for progression from community coaching for female coaches through the delivery of the Football Australia/AFC C Diploma course which we hope to deliver more regularly in the future.”

FQ Club Development Ambassador – Head of Coaching Davide Bertamini added via press release:

“It is fantastic to see such high demand for female-only courses in Queensland, with over 50 female coaches expressing their interest in the recent female-only Football Australia/AFC C Diploma course,” he said.

“Attendees heard from highly experienced presenters during part 1 of the course including CommBank Matildas Assistant Coach Mel Andreatta, while other special guest presenters including CommBank Junior Matildas Head Coach Rae Dower will join us for part 2. 

“It was wonderful to receive some fantastic feedback from attendees who highlighted the encouraging and supportive environment that was created on the course as they were challenged to reflect, think critically and grow as coaches.  

“In addition to creating more development opportunities for female coaches, Football Queensland is also focused on providing additional learning opportunities for our female coach developers including Priscilla Tan and Lauren Mangan who were in attendance to observe and assist throughout the opening three days of the recent female-only C Diploma. 

“A number of other female coach developers will be invited to join us for part 2 of the course as we continue working to strengthen the pathway for female coaches and coach developers throughout the state.” 

For more information on coaching pathways, you can find it here.

Football Australia considering last minute 2023 AFC Asian Cup bid

Football Australia have confirmed they are considering a late bid to host the AFC Asian Cup from June to July next year, which would provide an extraordinary opening act to a packed winter of football that already features the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

The Asian Cup is scheduled to start on June 16, 2023, with the final to be played a month later. Just four days beyond that, New Zealand’s Football Ferns and the Matildas will kick off their group stage matches at Eden Park and the Sydney Football Stadium respectively.

Football Australia has until June 30 to submit a bid to the AFC for the continental tournament, which requires relocation after China’s withdrawal last month citing their zero-covid policy and ongoing issues relating to the pandemic.

South Korea appears the most likely candidate to host what would be their first Asian Cup since 1960, after their FA formally announced last week that they would meet the AFC’s submission deadline. Last month, South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol mandated his sports minister to bid for the event after dining with the playing squad.

But they may now meet competition from Australia, who famously lifted the title as hosts in 2015 before a crowd of over 76,000 at Sydney’s Olympic Park. Coincidentally it was South Korea they defeated in the final, having reversed the result from their group stage meeting.

“We are making enquiries and having parallel discussions with the Asian Football Confederation and Governments to determine the possibilities for Australia to host this tournament,” an FA Spokesperson said.

The 32-match tournament hosted by Australia drew an average of over 20,000 fans, boosted by the Socceroos drawing an average of 44,500 across their six games. Matches were hosted in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.

That edition of the tournament featured sixteen teams; the 2023 edition will be the second under the AFC’s expanded format, meaning any successful Australian bid would need to house 24 nations across 51 games.

Qualification for the tournament was completed last month, with Tajikistan to feature for the first time. Hong Kong have qualified for the first time since 1968, and 2007 hosts Malaysia have qualified on merit for the first time since 1980.

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