The McGowan Government has lent its support to the booming South West Football League Women’s competition – helping to fund a new women’s change room at the Harvey Brunswick Leschenault (HBL) Football Club.
Women’s football has flourished in the South-West since the introduction of a women’s league in 2017, with foundation club HBL now fielding both junior and senior female teams.
Premier Mark McGowan, Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke visited the club today to announce the State Government’s contribution to the project.
The funding will assist HBL Football Club to construct dedicated women’s change rooms at its home ground at the Brunswick Recreation Ground.
The State Government is contributing $75,000 to the $225,000 change room – with funding also coming from the Shire of Harvey, the Alcoa Sustainability Fund and HBL Football Club.
The new change rooms will provide HBL Football Club’s women’s teams with a dedicated change room for the first time – supporting the ongoing growth of the women’s game and helping to consolidate the SWFL Women’s early success.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“The South West Football League Women’s competition has enjoyed great success since its inception in 2017 and we’re delighted to help support the growth of the women’s game at the Harvey Brunswick Leschenault Football Club.
“Providing dedicated change rooms will encourage more women and girls to get involved in local football, ensuring the league’s early success is supported and the club can continue to deliver positive physical and mental health benefits to the community.”
As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
“Country footy clubs like HBL have always provided an important hub for their communities, and with the growth of the women’s game we need to ensure we are catering for everyone who wants to pull on the boots.
“This project gives the HBL women’s side a dedicated home base from which they can build on their early success and continue to grow local participation.”
As stated by Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke:
“This opportunity is exciting for women’s football now and in the future. This grant will help grow the great work that has already been done, and ensure our women’s football teams are strong, vibrant and ready to play.
“Increasing women’s representation in sports is vital to healthy, connected communities, and we must all work towards a future where inclusivity in sport is an everyday occurrence.”