The Office of Sport’s Women in Sport Strategy, Her Sport Her Way (2019-2023) aims to build a stronger sport sector where women and girls are valued, recognised and have equal choices and opportunities to lead and participate. It provides a clear role for the NSW Government to work with the sector and new partners in innovative ways to shape the future of women’s sport.
Her Sport Her Way builds on the momentum in women’s sport and looks through a female lens at the way that sport in NSW is delivered, coached, marketed, led, sponsored and consumed.
Featuring 29 initiatives across four strategic pillars of participation, places and spaces, leveraging investment, and leadership - Her Sport Her Way seeks to increase women's and girl's participation as players, leaders and coaches, improve facilities, and attract more investment and recognition for women's sport.
Her Sport Her Way is a key action under the whole-of-government NSW Women’s Strategy 2019-2022.
Her Sport Her Way Action Plans
Over the four years of Her Sport Her Way, the Office of Sport will produce annual action plans detailing initiatives to be delivered under each of the four pillars of the strategy. Annual action plans allow flexibility to consider future actions and to seize opportunities as new ideas emerge, or the needs of specific communities are identified.
Her Sport Her Way Year Two Action Plan outlines initiatives to be undertaken from July 2020 to June 2021. A key feature of the Her Sport Her Way Year Two Action Plan is a strong focus on supporting leaders and enabling participation opportunities for women and girls.
The Sport Leaders for Change program will engage targeted CEOs to become champions for gender equity in sport and the Girls Leadership in Sport Summit will focus on inspiring and supporting our leaders of tomorrow.
Our new partnership with the Minerva Network will see increased opportunities for athlete development and mentoring for Australia’s elite female athletes in the lead up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In addition, funding opportunities will be available throughout the year to support female participation initiatives and the scale up of the internationally recognised Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Program.
A snapshot of the Year Two initiatives across the four strategy pillars include:
|Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program||
A program targeting fathers as the agents of change to improve their daughters’ physical activity levels, sports skills and social-emotional wellbeing.
|Participation Planning Tool||
An online tool designed to assist NSW sporting organisations develop and implement strategies and programs to increase participation opportunities for women and girls.
|Think Tanks and planning workshops||
Building the capacity of sporting organisations to respond to the rapidly changing marketplace and develop opportunities to increase the participation of women and girls both on and off the field.
|Her Sport Her Way Grant Program||
Funding to support state sporting organisations to test new ideas, concepts and innovations to increase participation of women and girls in sport both on and off the field.
Places and spaces
|Office of Sport facility grant programs||
Guidelines strongly reflect a focus on grassroots, community sporting facilities and projects that cater for the needs of women and girls.
|Upcoming opportunities||Watch this space for a range of initiatives, including Her Sport Her Way Facility Design Guidelines, Innovation Forum, Case Studies and Digital Stories.|
|Upcoming opportunities||Watch this space for a range of initiatives, including the Trendsetter Forum and Virtual Roundtable.|
|Legacy fund programs||
Programs that drive positive legacy from major women’s sporting events including the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 legacy initiatives.
|Her Sport Her Way Awards||
The Her Sport Her Way Awards recognise and celebrate the individuals, clubs and organisations who are giving women and girls more opportunities and equal access to participate in their sport.
Watch this space for a range of initiatives, including the NSW Sport Leaders of Change Program International Women’s Day celebrations and Girls Leadership in Sport Summit.
The Her Sport Her Way strategy development process involved consultations with a diverse group of almost 800 stakeholders, a global evidence review by the University of Sydney and media analysis to drive powerful change for women and girls in sport in NSW.