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Active Women and Girls Program

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Hundreds of new ways for women to get active across the state


Looking for a fun and social way to get active? Want to try a new activity in your local area?

VicHealth is excited to be extending our successful Active Women and Girls Program to hundreds of new locations right across Victoria. We want to see thousands more women joining in and getting active in a fun, social and inclusive environment

The activities, including lawn bowls you can do with your baby, a body-positive hiking group, and touch football and soccer programs for mums, are welcoming to women of all backgrounds, abilities and ages. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newbie or a regular– everyone is encouraged to get involved and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of being active.

Each program is specifically designed to cater for women of all ages, fitness levels and stages of life. Whether you are juggling family commitments, new to the area or just feeling a bit uncertain, these popular programs are flexible, fun and social. It’s a great way to meet new friends or reconnect with old ones, unwind and get active.


Empowering women to get active

We know that many Victorian women find it a challenge to get involved in sport and physical activity due to a range of reasons such as their family commitments, cultural or religious background, income, disability or due to the impact of recent bushfires for example.

Coronavirus has also had a huge impact on women who might be feeling disconnected from their community or uncertain about giving sports and activity a go. 

These four activities are proven programs which provide a safe first step for women to start to get out and active in their local community.

Read on to find out what’s on offer near you!


Bowling with Babies – run by Bowls Victoria

The Bowling with Babies program empowers mums to take time to focus on their wellbeing in a fun, relaxing and comfortable environment – with their baby. It’s a fitness and social activity that brings new and expecting mums together to enjoy a social bowl, coffee and a chat with other local mums.

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Escaping Your Comfort Zone – run by Escaping Your Comfort Zone

Escaping Your Comfort Zone is an inclusive hiking and adventure group for women and non-binary people of all different body shapes, sizes and abilities. All hikes are easy, short and slow paced. The outdoors doesn’t care about your size, your speed or your fitness – it’s just about having fun in nature with new friends.

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GO Soccer Mums – run by Football Victoria

GO Soccer Mums program (previously known as Soccer Mums) is an introductory football program designed specifically for women, where participants can have fun, meet new people, and learn basic football skills in a fun, social, judgment-free environment. It's not just for mums - but for all women, from all walks of life!

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Switch – run by Touch Football Victoria

Switch is a multi-week touch football program for all women. Participants will develop fitness and skills to boost their confidence in playing touch football. The program is open to all fitness and skill levels, making it a great alternative to a conventional boot camp. Switch focuses on the fun and social benefits of touch football.

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Other activities you can also try

Social Sixes – run by Cricket Victoria

Cricket Victoria has developed the Social Sixes program for less active women. The program is designed for participants who love playing back yard cricket but do not want to play traditional club cricket. Social Sixes has a focus on skill development and modified cricket games that will be enjoyable for any skill level. The emphasis will be on getting moving, socialising and having fun.

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