Redan’s burgeoning female football scene is getting a boost, with funding secured for new female-friendly change rooms and facilities.
The Redan Football and Netball Club received $100,000 as part of the state government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, announced on Thursday.
The full $450,000 project to create female friendly changerooms and umpire rooms is being co funded by City of Ballarat and the ground’s sports teams.
Redan footballer Lee Rogerson said the entire female footy team was very excited about the new facilities, which will provide a sense of “privacy and safety”.
“It’s great that we’re getting these change rooms, because it’s not so much about the new building and facilities,” she said.
“It feels much more about that inclusion and recognition, that is quite new and fresh and exciting, for female football.”
The club currently has 110 female footballers on the roster, an increase of 22 per cent since last year.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the growth of women’s football had been “so strong”.
“We have to rise to that challenge and make sure every facility – not just where there’s a big AFLW presence but netball as well, in clubs just like this – that we’ve got the best facilities, so that every young person can get involved.”
More than 390 female football teams have been created in Victoria in the last three years. The funding is part of $100 million for female facilities and access announced as part of May’s state budget.