Football Club Vice-President named Volunteer of the Year

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Vice-President of Melbourne University Women's Football Club, Terri O'Reilly, was named Victoria’s Good Sports Volunteer of the Year today. Terri was recognised for her leadership in making the club stronger and more inclusive and by going above and beyond the usual undertakings of a volunteer.

“Since stepping into the role of Vice President last year, Terri has not only played throughout the season, but has developed policies and strategies for LGBTQIA+ inclusion, First Nations recognition, and Mental Health education,” said President Maddie Sheedy.

“Terri leads with inclusion and prioritises ensuring everyone is safe and welcomed in our club. She takes her time to listen and respect the voices and thoughts of those around her and makes wonderful connections with people she meets,” Maddie added

Good Sports is Australia’s largest community health sports program and has been helping to build strong community sporting clubs across Australia for over 20 years. Managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Good Sports works with more than 10,000 community sporting clubs right across the country, supporting them to set up better environments for players, volunteers, supporters, and officials - helping tackle tricky topics such as alcohol, drugs, smoking, mental health, and safe transport.

The Good Sport Awards shine the spotlight on passionate clubs and volunteers. These clubs and people are giving their all to their sport. They work hard to improve the health and well-being of members, families, and sporting communities.

Melbourne Uni Women's Football Club was named runner-up for the 2022 Victorian Good Sports Club of the Year Award. Having reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, the Club has policies that cover alcohol and tobacco management, illegal drugs, mental health, and safe transport.

The club prides itself on its inclusive culture and mental health support. We have held dedicated Rounds that celebrate culture, promote inclusion, and raise awareness of mental health issues. We also have Mental Health Support People, as part of its mental health strategy, accessible to club members year-round.

The Melbourne University Football Club is one of 43 Sporting and Recreation clubs affiliated with the University through MU Sport. Most clubs train and compete on or near campus, making it easy for students to participate after classes. Clubs are supported by the University and a network of alumni and have access to quality facilities, experienced administrators, and outstanding coaches.

"Our clubs thrive because of the 1000-plus volunteers that play, work and support them. We are exceptionally proud of our dedicated volunteers who epitomise the values of volunteerism. We congratulate both Terri and the Melbourne University Women's Football Club." Commented Tim Lee, Director of MU Sport.