Female sport facilities set to flourish

Women and girls across the region could benefit from funding to help enhance local sports facilities and boost participation, with applications now open for the NSW Government’s Female Friendly Sport Facilities and Lighting Upgrades Program.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the program provides grants of up to $500,000 to help make local sport facilities safer and more inclusive.

“Community sport is a vital part of our social fabric and has really helped our region get through a lot of tough times,” Mr Saunders said.

“This funding will help modernise facilities for local clubs, which will help get more women and girls to participate in community sport and recreation activities.

“This investment in our community will also support local jobs, which will grow the economy and help secure a brighter future for the people of NSW.”

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the program will deliver female-friendly change rooms, amenities and lighting upgrades, which is one of the biggest barriers that prevent women and girls from participating in sport.

“Community sport is where it all begins and we know the number of female players is soaring. This program will give them the facilities to complement their aspirations,” Mr Henskens said.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the program was a game changer for women’s sport in NSW.

“When women and girls feel comfortable they are more likely to stick with their chosen sport. This helps local clubs keep existing player and inspires the next generation of female sporting stars,” Mrs Taylor said.

More information about the program, and how to apply, is available online.

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