$100 million investment in grassroots sport

Minister for Sport John Eren joined some of Victoria’s top female sports stars yesterday to announce applications for the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities grants are open. Left to right: Nadine Rabah – AFL Victoria umpire, Daisy Pearce – Melbourne Demons Football Club, Peta Searle – St Kilda Football Club, John Eren – Minister for Sport, Anna Lanning – VicSpirit cricket player, Madi Robinson – Melbourne Vixens athlete.

Victorian sports clubs and communities can now apply for grants through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to boost local sport through local facility projects.

The fund includes the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in community sport by an Australian State Government. The Female Friendly Facilities grants will see a massive $10 million go towards making sure women and girls can get involved.

Even though women are joining community sports clubs in record numbers, women’s change rooms are too often rundown or non-existent.

The Labor Government’s $10 million Female Friendly Facilities fund allows clubs to apply for up to $100,000 to build or upgrade change rooms, so players don’t have to change in their cars, in canteens or temporary storage sheds.

Minister for Sport John Eren is looking forward to delivering upgraded facilities for all Victorians, as promised by the Labor Government.

“Women are joining grassroots clubs at record numbers, but too often their facilities are either rundown or non-existent. Every player deserves equal facilities.”

“We are committed to giving all Victorians access to the sporting facilities they deserve. Not just some Victorians, not just the most gifted Victorians – all Victorians,” said Eren.

Other Community Sports Infrastructure Fund initiatives include upgrading cricket grounds and grassroots training facilities to keep up with spiralling participation rates, aquatic centres, minor facilities works and planning grants.

Local sports clubs deserve modern, safe facilities. The Labor Government promised them, and is getting on with delivering them. The Community Sport Infrastructure Fund includes $23 million towards community sporting facility projects across Victoria – and many are already under way.

The Labor Government is also rolling out 1,000 life-saving defibrillators to local sports clubs across Victoria.

Netball Victoria CEO Michelle Plane welcomes the announcement.

“With $10 million in funding committed to improving facilities to support female participation in sport, our clubs and associations will now have a platform to help drive the growth of netball.”

“The creation of proper change rooms for women and girls will increase their feelings of worth and their safety and comfort, and these funds can also be used to ensure there are dedicated and gender appropriate change rooms for umpires as well, as the number of male umpires in netball pleasingly continues to grow.”

“We are really excited to be working with the Victorian Government to develop better facilities for our netball community” said Plane.

Applications are now open. For more information or to apply online, click here.