Port Phillip’s Grass Ceiling Campaign wins across the board

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By Kieran Ryan 

The launch event for the Raising the Grass Ceiling campaign was a major win across all fronts in the City of Port Phillip.

Held at the Bubup Nairm Family and Childrens Centre on Tuesday 7th June, the event was launching the campaign, which uses the lens of sporting participation to look at gender equality and highlight opportunities for participation in the community.

The event was attended by City of Port Phillip Councillors, and representatives from YMCA Victoria and City of Port Phillip Youth Services, as well as friends, family, and members of the local community.

Guests were treated with keynote speeches from Laura Kane, General Manager of Female Football at North Melbourne Football Club, and Katecia Taylor, City of Port Phillip resident and Gender Equality Advocate, and were given a short overview of the campaign, its beginnings and eventual outcomes.

The campaign is the final product of the Leaders of Tomorrow, a Youth Leadership Development program run by YMCA Victoria for the City of Port Phillip. A handful of young leaders from the community participated in skill development workshops over the course of a school term, and were supported through the course of another to develop and deliver their very own community project. The tagline of the campaign, Let Us Play, speaks volumes to the ability of these young people to advocate for themselves, and young people who may not yet be in a position to do the same.

Posters created as part of the campaign, highlighting opportunities for participation in sports regardless of gender, will be circulated throughout the community. The posters will be seen across the City of Port Phillip in council facilities, and participating schools and local businesses.

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