Once again FHC are planning a series of activities linked with Hockey Victoria’s initiatives in the area of Inclusion. We look forward to celebrating these rounds with past and present members and hope that you can put these dates in your diary and also make contact with others that you know.
CALENDAR FOR 2018
Women’s Health Round- Hockey Victoria Round 5
Main Club Activities- Saturday 12th May
- Recognition of female players
- Respect for women
- Celebration of girls in sport
- Recognition of the contribution of female supporters
- Re-establishing connection with past players, administrators and families
- Awarding of MVP to one female player for every home game that round in recognition of
excellence and sportsmanship
During this round at FHC both men and women in the Premier League and Premier League Reserves will wear pink socks as recognition of the role of women in sport. Our club and pitch entrances, as well as the Clubrooms will be decorated in pink also. We especially welcome back past players and administrators to recognise the contribution that they have made to our organisation. Women and girls are encouraged to attend the Hockey Victoria celebratory breakfast, and all female teams are provided with pink ribbons to wear in recognition of the round. Ball boys and ball girls are provided with pink polo shirts and visors as their special uniform for this day. Footscray Hockey Club uses this round as a way to give back to the wider community by collecting for Breast Cancer Research during all the home games on this weekend.
Men’s Health Round- Hockey Victoria Round 9
Main Club Activities- Sunday June 17th
- Recognition of role of team sport in physical/mental health
- Recognition of the contribution of male supporters and players
- Re-establishing connections with past players, administrators and families
During this round at FHC we will either provide a guest speaker or make provision for players to attend the guest speaker at the State Hockey Centre. We will once again target a specific group of men to re-unite with the club (premiership team from 1998) as we know that maintaining social connections plays an important role in Men’s Health. We also recognise fathers/partners during this round for the contribution that they make to our organisation and they too are invited to afternoon tea.
Fair Go Sports Round- Hockey Victoria Round 15
Main Club Activities- Saturday August 4th
- Recognition of diversity in gender and sexual orientation
- Elimination of homophobic and trans phobic behaviour
- Celebration of diversity
During this round at FHC both men and women in the Premier League and Premier League Reserves will wear rainbow socks as a celebration of diversity in sport. Our club and pitch entrances, as well as the Clubrooms, will be decorated in rainbow colours. Members will be encouraged to attend the Hockey Victoria forums, and all members will be encouraged to view the video clip by Gus Johnson that addresses homophobia in hockey. Junior players will be provided with ‘Fair Go Sport’ rainbow wrist bands to wear and additional bands to distribute to their opponent at the start of the game. Rainbow ribbon will be provided for home teams to wear as a celebration of diversity.
Anti-homophobic posters will be displayed at the club and our “Bulldog Banter” will be used as a vehicle to educate members regarding discrimination in sport. Most importantly we will be encouraging members to ‘call out’ homophobic behaviours, and make sure that any member feels welcome at our organisation regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Access All Abilities
The Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast this year have set a great example of how athletes and para-athletes can strive for excellence in sport. Our club recognises the physical and mental benefits associated with team physical activity and were proud participants last year in a short program for adults with physical and/or cognitive impairments.
This year FHC is hosting the Northern Specialist School Sport Association Hockey Group for their term 2 Hockey Competition. The program runs each Wednesday morning in May from 10.30-12.30. We look forward to sharing our love of the game with these young people. If you have an interest in involvement in this program or any other of the Inclusion activities, please give me a call.
FHC Inclusion Ambassador