Port Melbourne female football pathways will be boosted by major upgrades to North Port Oval under a Shorten Labor Government.
Shadow Minister for Sport Senator Don Farrell and Labor Candidate for Macnamara Josh Burns today announced that if elected Labor will invest $1 million in female change rooms and improved lighting at Port Melbourne Footbal l Club’s home ground.
Known as The Borough, the club has been a community institution since its foundation in 1854 and has a proud history including 17 VFL premierships.
Like many clubs across Australia, Port Melbourne has experienced a welcome boom in female participation and has responded by working with Port Melbourne Colts to
establish pathways from Auskick through to junior and senior teams.
Port Melbourne expects to field at least seven teams from Under 10s to senior grades in 2019 and plans to join the VFLW in 2020.
Mr Burns said North Port Oval’s capacity is currently limited by a lack of female facilities and lighting that does not meet requirements for games or training at a
“Port Melbourne footy club has done a great job getting more girls and women playing footy but the change rooms weren't built for women.” he said.
“Labor’s investment will provide new female change rooms, which will remove that barrier to further female football participation and, importantly, will really strengthen pathways the club is building from grassroots to elite competition.”
Senator Farrell said Labor’s investment will also contribute to lighting upgrades that will allow for teams to train and play safely at night.
“Upgraded lights will mean the club can field more teams, which will provide a big boost to participation opportunities for all people in the Port Melbourne area – girls,
women, boys and men,” he said.
“The improved lighting will also meet AFL standards for that will allow for future AFLW, VFLW or VFL night games at North Port Oval to be televised.”