Community Clubs Score World Game Boost

30 July 2018

The Andrews Labor Government has doubled funding available through The World Game Facilities Fund (TWGFF) due to the program’s popularity.

Minister for Sport John Eren today visited the 460-strong Aspendale Stingrays to announce more than $95,000 for new lighting at Jack Grut Reserve in Mordialloc through the TWGFF – which will now invest $5 million to support local soccer clubs and organisations instead of the original $2.5 million.

The project is one of the 25 across the state sharing in $5 million from the program, which offers grants of up to $250,000 for projects such as lighting, pitch redevelopments and unisex accessible change rooms.

With over 350,000 participants state-wide and millions of fans tuning in to the recent World Cup, soccer is more popular than ever, especially amongst women and girls.

The new 100 lux lighting will give the popular club the chance to schedule training and junior matches day and night with an extra 20 hours of use per week.

That’s great news for the growing number of players from the under 12s to seniors on a waiting list to join in the fun.

TWGFF is helping local football clubs upgrade existing facilities or build new ones across Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Australia.

The funding is part of the Labor Government’s strong boost to sport and active recreation – to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active. Since 2014 the government has invested over $34 million in football facilities.

Minister Eren acknowledged project partners Kingston City Council and the club for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering the new lighting.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

We’re investing in Jack Grut Reserve and 24 other venues around Victoria so more passionate football fans can play the sport they love.”

“We want more Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle, and providing high quality facilities makes that more attractive.”

Quote attributable Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson

The new lighting is just one of the many ways we’re making sure popular clubs like Aspendale Stingrays Soccer Club have room to grow.”

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