Sport­ing chance for women

Guardian Express - - NEWS - Ju­lian Wright

THE City of Vin­cent will ap­ply for a share of $250,000 in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to make sports fa­cil­i­ties more fe­male-friendly.

Women’s In­ter­ests Min­is­ter Si­mone McGurk and Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Murray said the an­nual fund­ing was avail­able for grass­roots sports clubs to meet de­mand for boom­ing fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els.

The an­nounce­ment came three weeks af­ter City of Vin­cent sup­ported the pro­vi­sion of fe­male-friendly work­shops for lo­cal clubs.

The coun­cil also launched a campaign to recog­nise lo­cal sportswomen and as­sess the fe­male friend­li­ness of sports fa­cil­i­ties.

Vin­cent Mayor Emma Cole said she wel­comed the de­ci­sion to make sports fa­cil­i­ties more ac­ces­si­ble to women.

“This is some­thing the City is al­ready work­ing to­wards and we have, in the past, ap­plied for Com­mu­nity Sport­ing and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund (CSRFF) grants for this pur­pose in part­ner­ship with lo­cal sport­ing clubs,” Ms Cole said.

She said an up­grade to Perth Soc­cer Club com­pleted in April included a pur­pose-built women’s chang­ing room.

The project was funded by the club, a CSRFF grant and the City.

Ms McGurk said of WA’s 76 com­mu­nity-level AFL fa­cil­i­ties with women’s teams, only 53 per cent had unisex or ded­i­cated women’s op­tions.

She said lack of fe­male fa­cil­i­ties had forced women’s sports teams to use pub­lic toi­lets, cars, bushes or sport­ing field side­lines.

She said when women had to use men’s chang­ing rooms, the uri­nals out­num­bered toi­lets, there were no pri­vacy screens and a lack of lock­ing doors.

“Chang­ing at­ti­tudes at grass­roots sport­ing clubs is piv­otal to chang­ing out­comes and mind­sets for bud­ding fe­male ath­letes,” she said.

For more de­tails, visit www.dsr.wa.gov.au/fund­ing/fa­cil­i­ties-(csrff).

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