Football West is one of seven sporting codes to sign up to a Sport and Recreation uniform guide that will allow women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in sport more easily.
As the most played team sport in Western Australia and across the country, soccer engages players of all abilities and backgrounds.
The development of a recent Female Football Plan aims to increase the proportion of female players from 20%.
To assist in improving the opportunities for CaLD participants, Football West has endorsed a series of pictorial posters and information sheets showing and describing uniform examples for women and girls.
Basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, cricket, netball and AFL have also signed up.
The guides show examples around leggings, long-sleeved tops and head coverings.
The Female Multicultural Uniform Guide is an opportunity to provide young CaLD women with the confidence to move from school-based sport to club or competition level.
Inspired by 2016’s Royal Life Saving Society’s Female Multicultural Swimwear Guide, the document will be a leading resource for WA sport.
It is hoped the Australian-first project will provide inspiration for other States and Territories to develop similar guides to encourage greater participation in sport.
The McGowan Government partnered with Communicare Inc. to create the guides in consultation with CaLD participants, community leaders, and State Sporting Associations.