Sporting chance for women
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).