The FIFA Women’s World Cup is getting a boost from the Malinauskas Government over the next two years to build and develop the legacy of this global event.
The South Australian Government has announced a figure of $1 million, enabling FIFA and the South Australian community to embrace the opportunities to grow grassroots football and make the most of this unique generational event. The State Government along with Football South Australia (FSA), have kickstarted initiatives such as organising an international standard Women in Leadership symposium which is going to be held during the world cup next year as well as, introducing football participation programs in the state.
The funding will be essential in tackling issues revolving creating environments targeted towards preventing violence against women in football along with developing and delivering participation pathways in clubs and the community. Education programs along with public awareness campaigns regarding violence against women will be a key highlight of the funding towards improving women’s football in the state. The $1 million funding is an addition to the $350,000 quoted for upgrades of changerooms at the Marden Sports Complex, which is one of two training sites in South Australia for visiting teams during the World Cup.
Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Sport and Racing, discussed the legacy of the World Cup via press release:
“Hosting next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup will be brilliant and will provide our State with a once in a generation opportunity to ensure an enduring legacy to advance gender equality; the Malinauskas Government is proudly committing this funding to help seize that unprecedented opportunity.”
Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter added via press release:
“On behalf of the entire football community in South Australia, we thank and congratulate the State Government for their support of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Partnering with us to deliver great outcomes for the community will have a positive impact for women and girls. Funding will enable our regional footprint to grow with participation officers in the Limestone Coast, Riverland and The Iron Triangle. The impact of this will be profound.”
The funding by the South Australia government for next year’s FIFA Women’s world cup will certainly create opportunities to build and develop a lasting legacy for the women’s game and its impact on the Australian footballing landscape will be huge.