MEDIA RELEASE FROM WADE NOONAN, STATE MEMBER FOR WILLIAMSTOWN
Local sports clubs and facilities in Williamstown will share in the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in Victoria’s history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Sport John Eren joined Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today to announce $2.1 million to upgrade local sports facilities at both Bayside College Paisley and Williamstown Campuses.
More locals than ever are signing up to play sport, and clubs including Williamstown CYMS Football and Cricket Clubs, Williamstown Cricket Club, Williamstown Juniors Football Club and Williamstown Football Club’s VFL men’s and women’s teams are struggling to cater for growing demand.
The upgrades will deliver new sports fields and female-friendly change rooms, complete with lighting, providing a perfect base for training, development programs and competition.
It’s not just the clubs that will benefit, Bayside College students and local community groups will also have access to the new facilities for school competitions and local events.
The Labor Government is also helping more people in Williamstown – of all ages and abilities – get active by giving local clubs the equipment, skills and expertise they need to grow and be more competitive.
Visiting the Bayside College Williamstown Campus, Mr Eren also announced that five local clubs will share in almost $7,000 from the Sporting Club Grants Program, including:
$2,000 to Power House Junior Rugby Union Football Club for junior coach training
$1,798 to Williamstown Juniors Football Club for administrator training
$1,000 to Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club for new portable goals
$1,000 to Williamstown Congregational Cricket Club for new female uniforms
$1,000 to Williamstown Football Club for new women’s jumpers
This comes on top of a further $60 million for community sporting grants and $5 million for Community Sports Infrastructure Loans, which will unlock up to $100 million to upgrade local facilities.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $241.6 million in women’s and community sport, including more than $100 million to improve facilities and access for women.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“Whether it’s a uniform or new changerooms, we’re giving grassroots clubs in Williamstown the support they need to grow their ranks and help more locals than ever play the sports they love.”
“We’re making sure grassroots clubs across the state are as strong as possible – that’s what these grants are all about.”
Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan
“The new facilities, uniforms and training are a big win not just for clubs, but for the entire community, providing the facilities and help local players, volunteers and fans deserve.”