A Labor Government will invest $300,000 to provide new change rooms for female players at Garden Suburb Football Club.
Home of the Kingfishers, Garden Suburb FC has become renowned as a female-friendly club, but infrastructure has not kept up with the growth in player numbers.
Garden Suburb FC’s first female team ran onto the field in 2010, and now the club has 11 all-female teams – 4 all-ages, 3 juniors and 4 mini-roos – and a number of girls who choose to play in mixed teams.
This season, female players make up nearly 40% of total membership, and the club is aiming for 50%.
“Female change rooms will give female players their own space, and also enable Garden Suburb FC to enter a women’s side in elite competition by bringing the facilities up to Women’s Premier League standards,” Mr Conroy said.
This project is a key priority for Northern NSW Football, which is a strong advocate for female football in the region.
“I am passionate about increasing female participation in sport, and providing opportunities in our local area for young sportswomen,” Mr Conroy said.
“There has been a massive uptake of sport across the country by girls, particularly in football, and it is important that girls and women have equal access to facilities.”