Call for Community Partners (Pilot Projects)
Guidelines and Application Form
 
The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and Ontario Soccer, with support from Status of Women Canada, are seeking six community partners to pilot the Same Game Model that is focused on increasing opportunities for girls and women as participants and leaders.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

As part of the Canada 150 anniversary celebrations, CAAWS was funded for a three-year project focused on helping sport organizations increase the participation of women and girls as athletes and leaders by developing and testing new tools and resources that meet the needs and reflect the priorities of sport organizations.

There are three key components to the project:

1. Assessing institutional and systemic barriers for women and girls in sport through a survey of Ontario Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) and Ontario Soccer Members.
2. Using this insight to inform the development of new pragmatic tools for sport organizations at community levels to support their efforts to advance equity and inclusion of girls and women.
3. Testing the tools with local pilot partners and refining them based on their feedback, before sharing them with the Canadian sport system.
 
This Call for Community Partners (Pilot Projects) addresses this 3rd step.

The Same Game Model is a new tool to help organizations systematically analyze their organization to ensure gender equity actions become embedded in overall organizational planning. The Model emphasizes that buy-in from key stakeholders (board members, staff, members, volunteers, etc.) is needed at every step of the way, and those leading the initiatives need tools to move through each step. Traditionally, many initiatives for girls and women start at step 5, Engage Women and Girls (Try Something), where organizations try something like a ‘Girls Day’ or a ‘Female-only Coaching Clinic’; these initiatives can be very successful but long-term retention of the participants often does not happen because it was not integrated into overall organizational planning. By integrating gender equity activities from the beginning and throughout the planning stages, embedding long-term sustainable initiatives for women and girls should happen more easily.
 
As you can see from the Same Game Model graphic below, the Model follows 6 steps, with buy-in needed before moving onto each step. 
 
As a Pilot Project you will need to commit to working through these 6 steps over a 6 month period. We have developed a number of resources and tools to help you progress through each step, providing feedback along the way to let us know how useful the tools were (or were not), ease of use and other feedback to help us in revising and improving the tools.
 
All pilot projects will receive $500 for participating, so that funds may be allocated to activities and/or resources necessary to complete the pilot.

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SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS

·   Applicant must be an Ontario Soccer-sanctioned Community Club organization in good standing with their District Association
·   Participate in the following:

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REQUIREMENTS OF CAAWS AND ONTARIO SOCCER

·   Provision of all tools and resources for pilot testing.
·   Funding ($500) for community partner implementation of the Same Game Model.
·   Coordination of conference calls.
·   Coordination of feedback from pilot projects.
·   On-going support to community partners throughout the duration of the project.

 
Criteria and Considerations for becoming a PILOT PROJECT community CLUB partner
·   The partner must commit to be involved for the duration of the project: April -December 2019.
·   The partner much show evidence of being able to connect directly with girls and/or women or with partners who can connect directly with girls and/or women;
·   The project must increase participation and/or leadership opportunities for girls and/or women within your league/club/district;
·   The project must engage girls and/or women throughout the project;
·   Evidence of sustainability of initiatives created beyond the funding period needs to be shown.


PROJECT TIMELINES
·   Community Club partners selected to pilot the Same Game Model: End of March 2019
·   Same Game Model pilot testing of all 6 steps takes place: April 1 – September 30, 2019
·   Final Evaluation: October 1 – December 31, 2019

APPLYING TO BE A COMMUNITY CLUB PARTNER
To apply, applicants must complete the application form below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Khanh Be at kbe@ontariosoccer.net

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