Inclusion in sport

Photo of a girl playing soccer

All abilities in sport

Sport and recreation play an important role in improving the health and well-being of all people regardless of their age, gender, religion, cultural background, sexual orientation, disability, income or location.

Find out about teams, groups and services that off everyone access to community based sport and recreation activities


Research Eltham Collegians Cricket Club
1459 Main Road, Research


Yarrambat Park Golf Course
649 Yan Yean Road, Yarrambat
All abilities autumn program

Sail Ability

Sugarloaf Sailing Club
Gate 11, Ridge Road, Christmas Hills


DOC Football Academy
137 Wilson Road, Wattle Glen
DOC Football Academy - Facebook


Karingal Drive Tennis Club
Malcolm Bair Reserve, Karingal Drive, Greensborough

AAA Play

Visit the Access All Abilities (AAA Play) website, an online search directory to find and connect to sports and other activities closest to your home.

Alternatively, call the Access All Abilities team on 1800 222 842.

Disability Sport and Recreation

Provides services, support and education to help people with a disability connect to sport.

Visit Disability Sport and Recreation.

Women in sport

This Girl Can

Nillumbik Shire Council supports This Girl Can week, which was held from 9 to 15 October 2023. This Girl Can week is a VicHealth initiative championing women to take fitness into their own hands.


Nillumbik’s sporting and recreation clubs, three leisure centres and the golf course are proud supporters of This Girl Can week and encourage more women to give physical activity a go. 

Download the program guide to see the types of activities that were included in 2023 - This Girl Can program guide 2023(PDF, 758KB)

Clubs and facilities

As part of Council's commitment to gender equity, we have identified sporting clubs and activities that not only support female participation but provide female-friendly facilities. 

Council will continue to advocate to all levels of government for funding to improve the standard of community sporting infrastructure to support and enhance female participation in active and passive recreation.

The following clubs and facilities are recognised as committed to the ongoing support of This Girl Can:

Change Our Game

Nillumbik is a supporter in the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game campaign and support services to help increase female leadership and participation in sport.

For workshop and education opportunities, grants and scholarships specifically for women, visit Change Our Game.


  • Proud 2 Play focuses on increasing LGBTQIA+ engagement in sport, exercise and active recreation.
  • Queer Sporting Alliance is Australia and NZ’s largest LGBTQIA+ sporting club. Their mission is to ensure LGBTQIA+ folk can access and participate in community sport.
  • Pride Cup is an organisation dedicated to promoting LGBTQIA+ inclusion in sport.
  • Pride in Sport is sporting inclusion program designed to assist national and state sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ employees, players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.

Fair Access

The Fair Access Policy Roadmap aims to develop a state-wide foundation to improve the access to, and use of, community sports infrastructure for women and girls.

From 1 July 2024, all Victorian councils will need to have gender equitable access and use policies in place to be considered eligible to receive infrastructure funding.

These policies will ensure that women and girls can fully participate in and enjoy the benefits of community sport, with fair opportunity and access to their local facilities.

Council's Fair Access policy was adopted in 2023. 

Fair Access Policy(PDF, 918KB)

The six Fair Access Principles have been developed by the Victorian Government to guide individuals and organisations on how to show a commitment to gender equality. The principles describe the changes you could make to help sport be a fairer place for women and girls.

  1. Community sports infrastructure and environments are genuinely welcome, safe and inclusive.
  2. Women and girls can fully participate in all aspects of community sport and active recreation, including as a player, coach, administrator, official, volunteer and spectator.
  3. Women and girls will have equitable access to and use of community sport infrastructure: of the highest quality available and most convenient, at the best and most popular training times and locations and to support existing new participation opportunities and a variety of sports.
  4. Women and girls and should be equitably represented in leadership and governance roles.
  5. Encourage and support all user groups who access and use community sport infrastructure to understand, adopt and implement gender equitable access and use to policies.
  6. Prioritise use and support to all user groups who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to gender equitable access and use of allocated community sport infrastructure.


Download resources on Fair Access: