VAFA values Inclusivity and Respect

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In 2022, the VAFA engaged its clubs in a period of high consultation to support the delivery of the VAFA’s next Strategic Plan and Values. During this consultation period and development of Values there were two Values that clearly stood out as the most connected to Clubs, these were “Inclusive” and “Respect”.

Proudly, the vast majority of VAFA clubs provide an inclusive environment for their players, volunteers and stakeholders while also demonstrating respect for other people and their experience, differences, and personalities.

Recently West Brunswick AFC President, Evan Lloyd, sat down with the VAFA to talk about Inclusive Club Environments. In the video below Evan talks about how WBAFC provide a safe and inclusive environment, the benefits to creating such an environment and any tips to help support the delivery of a safe and inclusive environment.

 

Over the weekend of the 20th May multiple VAFA clubs held Pride Games to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ Community and their engagement with Community Football. This coincided with IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) on May 17th which represents a significant date on the calendar for members of the LGBTQIA+ Community.

Many more VAFA clubs have plans to hold Pride themed games and events during the remainder of the VAFA season to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ members within their community.

The VAFA has recently partnered with LGBTQIA+ organisation, Proud 2 Play, and would encourage any VAFA clubs wanting support or guidance on delivering Pride initiatives or events that support members of the LGBTQIA+ community to reach out to Proud 2 Play.

Proud 2 Play – https://www.proud2play.org.au/