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More funding for women’s sport

14 February 2018

More women and girls will soon be kicking goals, hitting sixes and enjoying their favourite sport thanks to $400,000 from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

The Fund will ensure sporting facilities in the Macedon Ranges will be upgraded to accommodate and support the growth of women’s sport.

The following clubs will benefit from the new funding:

  • $100,000 to upgrade two courts at the Gisborne Tennis Club to synthetic clay and install court lighting
  • $100,000 for new pitch lighting at the home of Kyneton District Rangers Soccer Club, Barkly Square
  • $100,000 to replace the practice nets at Malmsbury Cricket Ground
  • $100,000 to upgrade the change rooms at Gardiner Reserve and other club upgrades.

Gardiner Reserve is one of more than 100 projects to receive funding from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund’s $14 million Female Friendly Facility fund.

So far the funding has delivered almost $10 million worth of projects across Victoria, helping more than 200 clubs transform ageing facilities and provide opportunities for everyone to get active.

Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell said Female Friendly Facilities Fund is removing the barriers for women and girls to play competition sport.

“We know that women aren’t participating enough in competitive sport as much as the boys at their schools and the men that they know and that’s often because of something as simple as access to toilets and change rooms,” said Dr O’Donnell.

The $400,000 investment is one of the biggest investments in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government. The funding is a big step in giving every player in Victoria equal access to equal facilities.

“Most importantly we’re going to see more women and girls being active and feeling included and getting all the social benefits that comes with playing in a team sport,” said Dr O’Donnell.

There’s plenty more where this came from. Check out more sport infrastructure in your area on our Sport page.

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