WATCH THE VIDEO: Wheelers Hill’s footballers and cricketers have welcomed the opening of dedicated female facilities at their local pavilion.
Premier of Victoria and Member for Mulgrave, Daniel Andrews recently opened the upgraded pavilion at Columbia Park, made possible with the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
The park is home to the Waverley Park “Hawks” Junior Football Club and the Notting Hill Brandon Park Cricket Club. It is also used for Auskick and is a popular recreation spot for the local community.
The football and cricket clubs have more than 530 active members between them.
More recently, the clubs have welcomed an increase in female players. The old facilities were not up to standard, nor suitable for the current demographic of local sports stars.
Along with the new girls’ changerooms, Columbia Park has opened a new multi-use community space, a first aid room, canteen, storage space and undercover area. All facilities are fully accessible.
The upgrade will give the clubs the opportunity to welcome more female players and people of all abilities, and provide club officials with greater flexibility in scheduling training and competition.
The Victorian Government is committed to sports and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to be active. More than $630 million in community sport and recreation facilities has been invested since 2014.