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Image of rainbow flag with text Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in sport.

Angie Greene comes from a talented sporting family. From her Pop, to her dad, to her two brothers, all have excelled in sport. Her two brothers’ sporting journeys couldn’t be more different though – because one is gay. 

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Image of lockers in sports club with text - Changing the culture in sports clubs. Listen to Ryan Storr - Pushing The Edge dot org slash 36

Sporting Club Cultures can be notoriously difficult to change. So how might we tackle the sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia that prevail – making them more inclusive and welcoming to their communities?

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Why Sports Clubs should build links to multicultural communities

Sports clubs live and die by participation – that’s what Sue McGill thinks – And too often clubs don’t represent the communities they’re part of. 

Here Sue shares tips and insights from The Huddle at North Melbourne Footy Club – which proudly serves the multicultural community it’s part of. 

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Making sport accessible for people with disabilities - with Sam De Leve

How do we go about making sport accessible for people with disabilities? We talk access, equipment, attitudes, and the power of language with Sam De Leve

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Teaching Physical Education in a More Inclusive Way - with Grant O Sullivan and Loretta Konjarski

It’s a site where many young people feel exposed and unsafe – the Physical Education class. Hear how you can start teaching Phys Ed in a more inclusive way.

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Making sport safe comfortable and welcoming for LGBTI people

Here’s an Aussie organisation that’s transforming attitudes towards sport. Proud 2 Play is making sport safe, comfortable and inclusive for LGBTI people. Find out how they’re doing it.

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Taking back the game we love - Making Football More Welcoming with The Outer Sanctum

Listen to Nicole Hayes & Kate Seear

Nicole and Kate Seear are two of the hosts of The Outer Sanctum Podcast

Episode Run-down

▪ Kate and Nicole introduce themselves

▪ Why inclusion matters to The Outer Sanctum

▪ Getting beyond “pale, male and stale” in footy (Kim Toffoletti quote)

▪ Grassroots change: How everyday people are making their sporting clubs more inclusive

▪ Using our privilege to bring about change

▪ Kick n Coffee: Learning footy skills we were never taught

▪ Feeling comfortable in our skin – in sport

▪ Why a focus on relationships (with sport) is so important.

  • Moving from exclusion to making football more welcoming

▪ Why ‘the personal is political’ in sport

▪ The power of independent media for diverse voices

▪ Why listening to diverse voices is crucial

The Lightning Round: Inner versus outer in football, diverse voices, participation, privilege

From excluded to included: women taking back football

Key People and Organisations Mentioned

You may not know some of the people and organisations we discuss in this episode, here’s the key links to help you.

Adam Goodes is a former AFL player for the Sydney Swans and an Australian of the Year. He consistently spoke up about Indigenous rights, history, and well-being. In the latter part of his career Adam regularly experienced racism from football fans

Jason Ball became well known in Victoria, Australia when he came out as a gay footballer.

Caroline Wilson and Sam Lane are sports journalists who often write about social and cultural issues in the AFL.

▪ Gillon McLachlan is the Chief Executive Officer of the AFL.

Dr Kim Tofoletti is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Deakin University

▪ The ‘Muggers’ are the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club.

▪ Bridget Barker is the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at North Melbourne Football Club and coaches the Melbourne University’s Women’s Football Club. Bridget was the AFL Football Woman of the Year, in the Emerging Leader category in 2015.

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Making sport more welcoming for migrants

Language barriers, dress codes, racism and sexism. We’re exploring how to make sport more welcoming for migrants with the Western Bulldogs’ Michelle Hage.

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Unlock Student Life Stories

Student life stories have always been important to me as a teacher. This year though students have taken them to another level. Here’s that powerful moment and the teaching strategies I used to get there.

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We didn't know but we should have - bullying in school

Homophobic bullying is rampant in most schools leading to suicide and a range of other tragic outcomes. How might we make our schools safe for all – and – what would leadership of a Safe School sound like?

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