In this video, we're going to work through how to complete a Female Participation Plan.
Queensland clubs and associations that have been funded under the Female Facilities Program will need to take part in training and complete a plan as part of their funding agreements.
But regardless if you've received a grant, when you complete your Female Participation Plan, or any plan for that matter, you should do so with a view to it guiding meaningful change in your organisation as well as to meet any grant deed requirements.
We're going to work through the Queensland Government's template for a Female Participation Plan.
For your plan, you can use this template, or prepare your own based on a planning framework from another resource, if one is available from your peak body.
The Female Participation Plan template is presented in three sections.
The first section includes a reminder of the benefits of female participation for clubs and associations.
If you'd like to read further, there are links to more resources that you can access online.
The second section is a self-assessment checklist.
The questions in the checklist have been designed to guide your committee's thinking and to help you identify what you can do to increase female participation.
And the third section is the action plan.
This is where you should write down your opportunities for improvement over the next 12 to 18 months.
The checklist and the action plan are divided into three broad areas.
Firstly, there's organisational practices, covering your policies, operations and promotional strategies.
Next is places and spaces, addressing the overall design and accessibility of your facilities, officials' rooms and child-minding areas.
And thirdly, programs and services, targeting equal opportunity for females and males in your organisation.
Section 1 of the template will be a reminder of the topics we've discussed in previous videos.
Keep in mind the stories about Stacey and her experiences as a participant and a leader in sport.
We'll refer back to Stacey's story as we go through the checklist and action plan.
The purpose of the self-assessment checklist is to give you the basis for discussions that you have with the committee about how you're currently performing.
This is more than a tick and flick tool.
You'll notice that the questions are quite broad.
This is so that the questions help you think laterally about what you're doing in the areas of operations, facilities, and programs and services, and to come up with ideas that will transition into your action plan.
Let's start with a question about your promotion.
Remember when Stacey saw some effective promotional material at school that drew her to a club?
The three questions in the checklist should make you think about how you are currently promoting your club to attract women and girls.
Whether you tick Yes, No or N/A in an answer to each of these questions, there may be some ideas from the committee that you can use to fill in the action plan.
For example, as a committee, you might come up with an idea to develop some new promotional material for the club that includes images of female players and leaders in sport.
This could be a job for your promotions coordinator to be completed before the beginning of next season.
To monitor your progress against this action, you might want to update the plan as your new promotional material is completed.
Next, the committee might resolve to more regularly promote opportunities for women and girls at your club via social media.
You could assess your progress here by monitoring the focus of your posts.
Your Female Participation Plan can help guide the way that you develop training programs and schedules that are encouraging and enjoyable for female participants.
Remember that this was a key factor in keeping Stacey engaged in sport.
The way that you answer this question about the learning environment provided at your club may help you come up with good ideas in your plan.
Here, in the plan, you might add some actions about developing your coaches as mentors through formal training and accreditation.
And you might plan to engage your older players as role models for the younger members.
Stacey's club put in place initiatives that increased participation in sport by women and girls.
By planning these initiatives in a simple Female Participation Plan, the club was able to keep up the good work even when the committee changed from season to season.
So take this opportunity to engage with the leaders in all areas of your club to prepare a meaningful Female Participation Plan that will help you and those in your role in the years to come to maintain a female-friendly culture, environment and facilities.