Football NSW and Northern NSW Football have announced the release of its tenth facility guide, titled Modular Sporting Facilities.
The new guide joins the other nine in the series in assisting clubs, zones, associations and local councils in developing, upgrading and preserving community football facilities.
“The release of this Modular Facility Guide ties in perfectly with our recently published NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy. Inclusive Football Facilities is one of five key pillars in in our strategic framework,” Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge said.
“With Women’s participation making up almost 25% of the total participants in NSW, we understand the need for more female friendly facilities. We have a FIFA Women’s World Cup in two and half years which will no doubt see the female numbers spike in the coming years.”
Northern NSW CEO David Eland further highlighted the importance of having guides such as this available for every club and association in the state.
“Our extensive state-wide audit highlighted that 23% of all football venues do not provide a player change room. Players of all age groups need a safe place to change no matter what sport you are participating in,” he said.
“Seventy-eight percent of player change rooms across NSW are not gender-neutral complaint. Our new Modular Facility Guide will provide clubs a fantastic opportunity to deliver modern, safe and compliant buildings for the future.”
Increasing female participation numbers in safe, inviting environments is a strategic priority of the NSW State Government, Football NSW, Northern NSW Football, and other local government authorities.
Within the guide there are six amenity building designs that are provided to clubs to showcase what can be achieved with modular buildings.
“We are proud to continue our support for the NSW football community through the release of this important guide,” said Jane Brisbane, General Manager Eastern Region for Ausco Modular.
“Ausco Modular is known for producing buildings which are sustainable, delivered quickly and tailored specifically for football by our in-house design team.
“We are excited to collaborate with clubs, associations, zones, Football NSW and Northern NSW Football on improving infrastructure throughout the state on an ongoing basis.
“Working with local sporting groups to provide facilities that benefit their community, particularly females participating in sport, promotes positive social engagement, and uplifting community interaction.”
The Modular Sporting Facilities Guide can be viewed here.