City of Whittlesea, DPV Health and Whittlesea City Basketball Association are proud to launch GE3, a partnership project that aims to tackle gender-based stereotypes in basketball to create an equal, safe and healthy sporting environment.
This project secured $128,500 in funding from the Victorian Government through a highly sought-after grant program that leverages community sport to prevent gender-based violence.
GE3 aims to engage men and boys in conversations about gender equity with a focus on healthy masculinities. City of Whittlesea Administrator Peita Duncan said GE3 was already attracting significant interest.
“We know community sports clubs give people of all backgrounds and ages a chance to share in a sense of belonging,” Ms Duncan said.
“The behaviours modelled by coaches and other role models in these clubs have a profound impact on the values and attitudes of young people and can be just as influential as parents and teachers.”
Jason Kelly, General Manager of the Whittlesea City Basketball Association, is excited to be among some of the top sporting associations in Australia delivering a program of this nature.
“GE3 takes a ‘whole-of-sport approach’, so we will be providing opportunities for players, staff, coaches, and committees members to level-up their knowledge, abilities, and skills in implementing change to support gender equity for everyone in our basketball community,” Mr Kelly said.
GE3 will give Whittlesea City Basketball Association coaches and players the chance to participate in a workshop series to enhance players’ mental, social and physical wellbeing.
By promoting positive gender relations, attitudes, and behaviours, we can create a safe, healthy, and equitable community both on and off the court.