The Andrews Labor Government has given women’s footy in Geelong a boost after announcing funding to develop female-friendly changerooms at the home of the Grovedale Football Netball Club.
Visiting Burdoo Reserve today, Minister for Sport John Eren announced $100,000 for the project from the Labor Government’s 2018/19 Country Football and Netball Program.
The Grovedale Tigers have played a leading role in promoting female footy in the region, with a team in the AFL Barwon Senior Women’s Football Competition, four junior teams, and a number of girls in Auskick.
In total, there are around 100 female football players at the club, but they have no appropriate changerooms.
The first stage of the project will construct a new female friendly and accessible set of away changerooms. The second stage will see the development of a home set of female friendly changerooms.
The Labor Government’s Country Football and Netball Program upgrades ageing grounds and facilities for football and netball clubs across regional Victoria, so they can meet growing demand and welcome more players.
The Labor Government believes that everyone across the state should have access to equal facilities no matter where they live, and has partnered with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to run the program.
In three years the program has invested $9.7 million in more than 100 projects across regional and rural Victoria.
The funding is part of the Labor Government’s investment in sports and recreation, to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“Footy and netball clubs like Grovedale are the heart and soul of our communities, but many are struggling with run down pavilions or grounds that can’t cope with demand.”
“This round of grants will go a long way to help cater for the growing numbers of people keen to get involved in grassroots sport, providing more opportunities for people in Geelong to get active and play the sport they love.”
“We’ve invested almost half a billion dollars to ensure sport and active recreation are accessible to all Victorians.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020