Walking Football in Bendigo is benefitting with an improved space to play thanks to the opening of a $4.97 million Ewing Park redevelopment.
The project, jointly-funded by the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Bendigo, provides a range of sport and recreation facilities that aim to increase participation in physical activity and provide a social hub for the surrounding community.
Stage one of the project was completed back in 2020, providing a new oval irrigation system, AFL-standard flood lighting and a synthetic walking/running track. However, stage two saw the construction of further facilities to be used by all members of the community.
Football Victoria, alongside Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf and Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan, attended the official opening of the redevelopment. Its significance to both the walking football and wider Bendigo community were highlighted during a community come-and-try day.
“This has been an important project and a strong investment by the City and the Victorian Government to encourage residents to be active or just simply enjoy the parkland and all the new amenities that it offers,” Cr Metcalf said via a statement.
“There are so many great things for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy at the park and we look forward to it becoming a key destination for both residents and visitors in the future.”
Since its introduction to Australia in 2017, walking football has grown exponentially due to its inclusive nature. The sport enables people of all ages and abilities to be involved in the world game and promotes an environment built on fun and making friends.
Presently, Football Victoria offers 19 walking football programs, however, just five programs exist in regional Victoria, which includes Bendigo. As such, continued infrastructure projects like the Ewing Park redevelopment are crucial to regional communities who want to start valuable, inclusive programs like walking football.
For more information on how to get involved in a walking football program in Victoria, you can visit: https://www.footballvictoria.com.au/community/programs/walking-football.