Panthers Score Funding To Boost Female Participation

Le Page Cricket Club and Cheltenham Junior Football Club will be able to open their doors to more players, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Sport John Eren today announced an upgrade to the pavilion at Le Page Park, with the Labor Government kicking in $125,000 from its Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to progress the project.

More than 650 players from the two clubs use the pavilion, including a growing number of women and girls. The park also hosts junior cricket programs and Auskick.

The upgraded pavilion will feature female friendly change rooms for players and umpires and all change facilities and public amenities will be upgraded to be fully accessible.

The increased flexibility and capacity will enable both clubs to grow their membership and host more competitions.

The funding is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation and to encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria we’ve invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels.

Minister Eren acknowledged Kingston City Council and AFL Victoria for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.

As stated by Minister for Sport John Eren

“Growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women are signing up to play cricket and footy at local clubs, however many clubs like the Panthers are struggling with inadequate facilities.

“Sports clubs are the heart and soul of local communities and we’re giving them the facilities they need to grow and welcome new member.”

As noted by Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson

“An upgraded female friendly and accessible pavilion here at Le Page Park will provide more opportunities for Cheltenham locals to get active and play the sports they love.”

As noted by Head of Office for Women in Sport and Recreation Dr Bridie O’Donnell

“We want to support Victorian women and girls so their experiences are the same as boys and men, and the provision of female friendly facilities is a big step in the right direction.”

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