Northern NSW Football have welcomed a $50 million funding announcement from the State Government, which will see sporting facilities across regional NSW benefit from new and improved women’s change rooms and amenities.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee yesterday announced the funding will come out of the government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland explained the funding would be extremely beneficial for the world game.
“The NSW Government’s announcement that up to $50 million from the Stronger Country Communities Fund has been reserved to specifically improve women’s sporting facilities in regional NSW is a huge boost for the state’s largest club-based sport,” he said.
“Community facilities throughout northern NSW are bursting at the seams and we have been and continue to be focused on building capacity for the game, particularly in the area of women’s facilities.
“Northern NSW Football teamed up with Football NSW to develop a comprehensive State Infrastructure Strategy which identified and supported the acute need to increase the number of facilities for women to use.
“We’ve identified this need for many years with the ever-increasing registrations of females in the game, which is why we addressed the need in our 2021-2023 Strategic Plan.”
Mr Barilaro said a lack of adequate facilities for women in sport was a significant barrier in developing the next generation of female sporting stars.
“Women have been flying the flag for Australian sport with our international teams achieving incredible status on the world platform and many of these athletes come from regional communities,” he said.
“Too many women participating in local soccer, AFL, rugby or cricket matches in rural and regional locations don’t have access to suitable changing facilities so the NSW government has committed this funding to level the playing field.
“Access to designated female change rooms will be of huge benefit to our future Matildas, Opals, Hockeyroos, Jillaroos and Wallaroos, as well as local athletes.”