In 2018, the North Melbourne Football Club made a real commitment to the community when it became the first sporting club in Australia to launch a gender equality action plan.
Recognising the systematic challenges facing women and gender in society, the club in conjunction with its community arm, The Huddle, committed to challenge traditional gender roles for men and women.
Regardless of gender, age, culture or beliefs, we believe every person has the right to participate in the game of Australian Rules Football in a safe and inclusive environment. An environment that is free of harassment and discrimination.
Speaking at Wyndham City Council’s event Girls & Women in sport, inaugural North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos captain Emma Kearney spoke on the importance of inclusion and gender equality.
Born from the role and value sport plays in society, The Huddle utilises the influence of sport to engage, support and empower young people of different genders, ages and cultures to learn, grow and belong.
We strive to inspire brighter futures and strengthen social inclusion with the belief everyone should feel they belong.
By becoming the first sporting club to launch a gender equality action plan, North Melbourne and The Huddle set the precedent for change. Holding a unique place within the community and leading by example, we have been able to shift community values, shape norms and challenge gender stereotypes.
By committing to gender equality at the elite level we can deliver on our promise to the community to become a club for all.
It is because of this, The Huddle welcomes the AFL’s updated Gender Diversity Policy for elite and community football competitions.
Football is a game for all.