Renovations encourage female participation in sport

Construction has started on Bayside United Football Club’s new female amenities, referee facilities and parent’s room thanks to the Morrison Government’s Community Development Grant.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said he was proud to deliver the $580,000 in Federal funding to greatly benefit women in sport in his electorate.

“This development tells the 140 plus women and girls who play for Bayside United FC there is space for you to grow and develop your skills as an athlete or referee,” Mr Vasta said.

“Female players should not be getting ready for a game behind a tree because there are no facilities to accommodate them.

“We want women and girls to keep playing sport and feel included by their local club, which is why I am glad to help make this possible.”

Bayside United Football Club President Greg Pascall said this renovation was a valuable step in the right direction.

“We have our returning female team back again and they’re looking forward to having a private cubicle,” Mr Pascall said.

“Because of renovated facilities, we’ve had an additional 20 new players sign up this season.”

Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said The Australian Sports Commission’s 2017 report Women and Girls Participation found that women are less active than men in sport-related activities.

“Every Australian should be able to undertake the exercise they need and want in a safe, fun and inclusive way through sport,” Minister Colbeck said.

“The Government is working hard to increase opportunities for women in sport by investing in sporting groups to build equal and adequate representation for females.”