Throughout 2019, Softball Victoria (SV) has delivered a range of workshops that aim to increase the number of female volunteers among the Victorian softball community and provide clubs and associations with the resources and expertise to improve their planning and general management.
As part of the Victorian Government’s ‘Change Our Game’ Workforce Development Program, these workshops are designed to help Women and Girls earn leaderships positions in softball.
Across 10 workshops, in excess of 150 volunteers have taken part in the project that enabled them to develop their leaderships skills and confidence and as a result, increase the number of skilled volunteers within Victorian softball Clubs and Associations.
Thanks to the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game initiative, Victorian softball is proud to have the knowledge and capabilities to encourage more Women and Girls to put their hand up for positions within our Association and Club networks.
SV’s Chief Executive Officer Nick Frayne spoke proudly on the initiative,
“We have been blown away by the commitment of our current volunteers to attend and engage in these vital workshops at a time when most softball volunteers take a deep breath and have a well-earned rest from association and club duties”
“Softball Victoria is only too aware of the reliance that we have on our volunteers and this is just another way we are supporting our workforce at grass roots level”
“Some of the issues discussed are confronting, particularly the notion that the willingness of Victorians to volunteer hasn’t actually reduced, and that it is the responsibility of State bodies, Associations and Clubs to make potential volunteers feel they have the skills and ability to volunteer at any level”
“This often is a direct contrast to the experiences of some volunteers at grass roots level, when it seems that there are so few people willing to lend a hand”
“It is an exciting time in Victorian softball and the impact that this project will have on volunteer recruitment and retention will be profound”
In addition, all member associations and clubs will receive ongoing access to the online resources and templates via the Sports Community website that will assist volunteers in implementing the actions that arise from this process.