Community partnership aids local women’s football team
In the small rural Victorian community of Lindenow South, sport is the social drawcard that brings people together.
“It’s where we are able to catch-up with friends and each other” explains Kathy Whittingham, Secretary of the Lindenow South Football Netball Club.
Thanks to sponsorship from Elders Bairnsdale, the club is now able to field their own women’s football team in the local league.
Prior to this, the women were part of the Bairnsdale Women’s Football and Netball Club. Lindenow South had hosted several games in 2019 and spurred on by the great community turn-out, they worked with the Bairnsdale club to develop their own team.
“It’s a great opportunity for the local women and young girls to have that experience” says Kathy.
But setting up a new team is an expensive exercise.
“We are grateful to Elders” says Kathy.
“Their sponsorship means we can design and purchase women’s football jumpers instead of the girls having to wear the old men’s ones.”
“It also means we can purchase equipment such as the special sized footballs the women use and little things like strapping”.
Noel Jansz, an agronomist at Elders Bairnsdale agrees and is thrilled with the partnership.
“Redressing gender imbalance continues to be the focus for our diversity program at Elders given the significant gap of female representation in leadership positions across the agricultural industry. We see these women as leaders representing East Gippsland and we are very proud to be their major sponsor and we wish them all the best for the season.”
Learn more about how Elders is supporting rural and regional communities through its Community Partnerships program