The #CaseyGirlsCan local physical activity campaign for women and girls has been named Local Government Initiative of the Year at the 2020 VicSports awards held this week.
Presented by the Victorian Government, the awards, which were held online this year due to COVID-19, celebrate the sporting community, including participants, organisers, initiatives and the volunteers behind the scenes from all levels of sport in Victoria.
This year’s awards also acknowledged the fun, inclusive and innovative activities that individuals and clubs undertook during lockdown to remain connected with their clubs and community while also celebrating the state’s return to play.
The Bunnings Trade Local Government Initiative of the Year award recognises a Local Government Area that has made a significant contribution to sport in 2020 through the development of a participation program or facility.
#CaseyGirlsCan is an ongoing campaign by Council that encourages women and girls to get involved in sport and physical activity, addressing barriers to their participation and supporting the broader Victorian This Girl Can campaign.
The program offers a variety of free activities for women and girls in Casey who would otherwise find it difficult to access and participate in physical activity and connect with others in their community. The program also focused on the local Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community (CALD), and how to empower CALD women to take up leadership roles and lead local, culturally appropriate physical activities for other women.
During the pandemic, Casey has partnered with a number of organisations and individual instructors in the community to deliver some of the programs online. This online content was a new component of the campaign and given the reach of around 12,000 women in 2020, it will now become a permanent feature of the program.
For more information about the program visit #CaseyGirlsCan on Council’s website.