We are very proud of the diversity of the Storm family and we continue to encourage greater inclusion within our sport and our communities.
In League In Harmony
The ‘In League In Harmony’ (ILIH) program aims to promote social cohesion by addressing issues such as social disengagement, racism, gender inequality and bullying; empowering youth to be agents of change for a more cohesive society.
With support from the Victorian Government, the Storm ILIH programs operate in schools across Victoria empowering young people to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate the diversity among their peers and the wider community.
The program unites the youth to explore how their similarities and differences provide opportunities for them to move forward together in harmony.
NRL Victoria and Storm have partnered with the Disability Trust to provide a form of the game for all abilities to play rugby league.
The program gives players with intellectual and physical disabilities the chance to play against other NRL teams and have them involved with the Storm throughout the season.
Click here for more information about the program or contact NRL Victoria.
Storm Community Ambassadors
In 2019, Storm launched a new Community Ambassador program to build deeper engagement outcomes for fans and the broader community. The Storm Community Ambassadors were chosen as leaders within the Pacific communities giving them the opportunity to celebrate their connection with the club while promoting Storm programs.
NRL Victoria and Melbourne Storm facilitate a two-day Youth Summit as part of the ‘In League In Harmony’ program, School to Work program and community partner Centre of Multicultural Youth.
Bringing together a collective of youth advocates, delegates and ambassadors, the summit provides an opportunity to exchange cultural learnings and discuss issues affecting the community.
Women in League
The Melbourne Storm has a clear plan to, one day, have a team competing in the Women’s NRL competition, giving girls the opportunity and pathway to play the game at the highest level. While we are not yet there, Storm continues to support a range of programs to help to encourage more women and girls to play the game or be involved.
The NRL’s Women in League round is one way Storm provides the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the role women and girls play at all levels and in all areas of the Rugby League family – grassroots, elite, support, media, administration and more.