The Victorian State Government has announced new grants and funding for 11 new community infrastructure projects for local football clubs, totalling $3.8 million.
Many of the projects focus on increased female participation, with dedicated changing rooms and female-friendly facilities as key components of approved projects.
The World Game Facilities Fund was developed to establish high-quality and accessible infrastructure for community soccer teams within Victoria to support the sustainability and growth of local clubs.
The projects include new female-friendly changing rooms at Diamond Valley soccer club, Female friendly pavilion upgrades at FC Leopold, Phillip Island Breakers, Box Hill United, and Corio Soccer Club.
Manningham United and Yarra Valley Soccer Club both received funding for new lights to enhance their ability to train at night, with Yarra Valley also receiving pitch upgrades.
New Pitches and lightning are also being built for Darebin Falcons Women’s sports club, Bacchus Marsh, and Mt Eliza Soccer clubs.
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence says the grants will help get Victorians more active and help local communities.
The fund has invested $13.2 million into 48 infrastructure projects since 2018. The total value of infrastructure projects invested in through the World Game Facilities Fund is $41 million.
“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get active and lead healthy lifestyles,” she said.
“We are providing clubs like Victoria Park Soccer club, Corio Soccer Club, and Box Hill United with Support for really important projects that will make a world of difference for local communities.”
Football Victoria chief executive Kimon Taliadoros applauded the funding.
“Football breaks down barriers and brings communities together – we’re delighted to see even more clubs able to meet community demand through the latest round of the World Game Facilities Fund,” he said.
Corio United president Mario Gregorio thanked the local government for their support of the project.
“We are delighted to see the pavilion project progressing and extremely thankful for the support of our local member John Eren and the Victorian Government,” he said.
Funding for more projects will open for application in August 2021.
More information on applying for funding and previously funded projects can be found on Sports and Recreation Victoria’s website.