Last week Hockey Victoria (HV) participated in the latest meeting of the Rainbow Sports Alliance – an Australian-first Proud 2 Play-facilitated working group, encouraging sporting organisations to work collaboratively to enhance inclusion across the Victorian sports landscape.
“This is a really exciting time for Proud 2 Play and LGBTI+ inclusion in sport in Victoria generally,” Proud 2 Play’s Partnerships Manager, Luke Major, said.
“We now have great relationships with a very broad spectrum of sports meaning we hope that LGBTI+ people really feel they have a choice when it comes to sports participation, rather than only feeling comfortable in a select number of sports.”
In partnership with Pride Cup, HV recently supported a series of Pride Cups in clubs such as Camberwell Hockey Club and Altona Hockey Club.
“These Pride Cups really showed that the Victorian hockey community is here to welcome the LGBTI+ community with open arms,” Hockey Victoria’s Inclusion Manager, Michaela Cook, reflected.
“Our partnership with Proud 2 Play will add a lot of value to the work we are doing at hockey, to be as inclusive as we can for LGBTI+ people.”
Proud 2 Play are incredibly excited to be working with this broad range of sports and hope that the LGBTI+ community sees that the Victorian sporting community are committed to improving inclusion of all people regardless of sexuality, sex or gender identity.
The Rainbow Sports Alliance will next meet in October.