Not all the action for Melbourne Storm’s Women in League Round celebrations will be on the field.
A gameday event has been launched to promote the club’s newly created Women of Storm program and provide a great opportunity for networking, as well as hearing from some inspiring special guests.
Supported by Suzuki, Coles and Banks Botanicals, the Women of Storm cocktail function will be held at The Glasshouse, just a short walk from AAMI Park where Storm will take on the Gold Coast Titans in round 21 of the NRL on Friday, August 5.
It gets underway at 3pm, with the NRL match, which completes two weeks of Women in League activities, scheduled for a 6pm kickoff.
Confirmed on the guest speakers list are NRL Commissioner and former Queensland Government Minister Kate Jones, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival chair and former Westpac Investment Bank executive Pippa Crawford, and 2022 Storm captain Christian Welch.
Tickets are available, here.
Storm launched its Women of Storm program earlier this year, providing a new platform to celebrate and empower women to drive positive change, inclusiveness and equality.
“We recognised a bigger opportunity to not just celebrate this as part of a Women in League round but create a program that spans across the whole year,” Storm CEO Justin Rodski said.
Our mission is to create a genuine and meaningful program that helps to drive change.Justin Rodski
“We had several existing initiatives already in place, which we have now formalised under one holistic program to create a clear vision for the Storm Group.”
Last week, the club released its Women of Storm men’s and women’s warm-up tees. Taking inspiration from the phrase ‘Strength in Equality’, the tee showcases strength, the Victorian Women’s Trust and a ‘=’ sign.
The playing squad will wear the tee for pre-game warm-ups in Rounds 20 and 21 and at a training session in the coming week.
Women of Storm beanies and scarves are also available online at the Storm team shop.
In the lead-up to the Titans game, Melbourne Storm will also highlight its strong decade-long partnership with the Victorian Women’s Trust.
Established in 1985, the Victorian Women’s Trust operates with the vision that ‘full gender equality = a world where women, girls, non-binary and gender diverse people take up all of life’s opportunities with respect, safety and dignity.’
The long-standing partnership has delivered the ‘Be the Hero’ campaign, preventing violence by building respectful relationships between young men and women, and the ‘Storming Against Violence’ campaign, highlighting the key role men play in reducing violence against women and children.