The Territory Labor Government is investing $700,000 to build two new womens changerooms at Larrakia Park, Darwin Football Stadium, in a win for womens soccer and local jobs – across the Top End.
The provision of additional changerooms and ablutions for Darwin Football Stadium will support the growth of female participation in the popular sport.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the new changerooms were a positive step to providing better access and facilities for womens sport, in particular, soccer.
The new changerooms will include private entry for players, bench seating, toilet and shower facilities, designed in consultation with women players. Externally fixed louvre screens will be installed to allow for ventilation throughout the day.
The addition of these changerooms will mean female footballers are able to change in fit for purpose rooms separate to male competitors.
With expected completion set prior to the beginning of the 2019 season, female footballers will now have a new reason to aim higher on the pitch.
As noted by Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss
This is an exciting, job-creating project which will facilitate increased participation in womens sport in the NT.
The new change rooms at Darwin Football Stadium will form an important asset for women to continue enjoying the sport they love.
As noted by Football Federation NT CEO, Mr Bruce Stalder
The new changerooms are a welcome addition to Darwin Football Stadium, and something the women players have been hoping for some time.
We warmly welcome the decision by the NT Government to assist the growth and development of womens and girls football in Darwin with the announcement of a facility upgrade at Darwin Football Stadium relating to female changerooms.
With women and girls involvement in football being the single biggest growth area of the sport this is both a timely and advantageous initiative by the Government. It is a great outcome for the hundreds of women and girls who dedicate themselves to the worlds game.