The state government is helping soccer clubs in Benalla and across northern Victoria improve their facilities in order to encourage more participation in the world game.
State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said to ensure the world game continued to grow at the grassroots level, the state government had announced a $2.5 million World Game Facilities Fund to help clubs upgrade or build new facilities.
Ms Symes announced up to $250000 funding for projects would be available to upgrade facilities.
‘‘Soccer is booming across Victoria — with more than 350000 people hitting the pitch and that’s why the Andrews Labor Government is investing in the sport’s grassroots future,’’ Ms Symes said.
‘‘The Labor Government’s new fund will work to support local soccer clubs and organisations in Northern Victoria to undertake projects such as lighting upgrades, pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitch developments and unisex accessible change rooms.
‘‘Lighting and synthetic pitch projects mean the whole community can benefit from a facility that can be used night or day, and don’t require the burden of watering and maintenance.
‘‘Upgrading change rooms to unisex means that women and girls will finally now have the facilities they deserve and help level the playing field.’’
Ms Symes said the government was making sure local soccer clubs in Northern Victoria had the support and facilities they needed to grow and welcome more members than ever before.
‘‘This funding will inspire even more of our kids to sign up to their local soccer club, get active and play the game they love,’’ Ms Symes said.
Applications for the state government’s World Game Facilities Fund are now open.
●For more information, visit http://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/world-game-facilities-fund