Nepean Football Association side Henry Lawson FC have received facility upgrades thanks to a fantastic collaborative effort between federal, state, and local government.
Henry Lawson FC’s home venue, Parkes Avenue in Werrington, got an amenity upgrade consisting of changeroom updates, addition of an accessible toilet, canteen improvements and additional storage.
The infrastructure upgrades are worth $385,891 in total, with contributions from the federal government via the Sport Australia Infrastructure Grant ($50,000).
The NSW State government contributed $27,272 via the Community Building Partnership grants. Henry Lawson FC matched the NSW Government Funding by adding $27,272 to the amenity upgrade. In addition, Penrith City Council – who managed the project – contributed the remaining $281,346.
The canteen and changerooms have been revitalised to fit more modern and user-friendly standards for facilities. The changerooms are now female friendly with lockable toilets and showers to provide the necessary privacy for all participants.
Football NSW Manager Government Relations, Funding, and Infrastructure Daniel Ristic:
“This is a perfect example of partnerships and investment. Partnerships and Investment is one of the five key infrastructure pillars in the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy.
“Developing and maintaining relationships with all levels of government is vital in improving and upgrading football infrastructure across the state.”
Henry Lawson FC is a thriving club in the Nepean Football Association with 455 members. Females represent 23% of the club’s members with this number likely to rise during and post the FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil in 2023.
The upgrade to the club’s amenity building has now set a fantastic foundation to attract more people over the coming years.