City of Vincent could launch campaign to increase female participation in sport

City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and Deputy Mayor Susan Gontaszewski at Leederville Oval.
City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and Deputy Mayor Susan Gontaszewski at Leederville Oval.

THE City of Vincent is poised to launch an extensive campaign to increase female participation in sport after a recent audit revealed shocking results.

The membership audit of 21 sporting clubs, prompted by Councillor Susan Gontaszewski almost a year ago, revealed that out of 4077 members, 70 per cent were male while 30 per cent were female.

Broken down further, only 21 per cent were women and nine per cent were girls.

On July 24, Vincent is expected to pass a motion to take action to get more women on sporting fields.

Cr Gontaszewski said she anticipated the uneven figures.

“I was not surprised by the results (but) I think change is already happening on the grounds,” she said.

“I am glad the numbers are out there now, we need to see them.”

Mayor Emma Cole said it was still “disappointing to see the figures on the page”.

“I think we can go further than what is in the report; we could talk to girls and women to see what sports they are interested in and the facilities they need,” she said

The City’s plan is to create a funding stream of up to $2000 targeted at females, organise biannual gender equality workshops for clubs on how to implement female friendly initiatives and launch a marketing campaign to recognise local sportswomen.

It will also conduct a facility audit of all sporting facilities to see if they are female friendly, which would be due by February 2019.

Total number sport participation

Junior Males 1286

Junior Females 350

Senior Males 1595

Senior Females 846