Then Liberal Candidate for Stirling, Vince Connelly, announced during the election that he would be shining a light on female football by promising a re-elected Morrison Government will invest in new light towers to increase participation.
Mr Connelly today met with representatives of the Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club to discuss the $500,000 funding commitment, which will be used to install light towers at the club’s home-ground in Coolbinia.
The current lighting at Coolbinia Oval doesn’t meet requirements for Junior Girls competitions, and teams are unable to compete at their own club.
Players have to travel up to one hour each way to play games.
Mr Connelly said he’s proud to support grassroots sport and wants to help the Bombers bring their girls’ football home.
“As a footy lover and father of two girls, I want to ensure they’re given every opportunity to kick goals both on and off the field,” Mr Connelly said.
“That’s why it’s so important for our female athletes to have access to appropriate facilities to help them reach their full potential.
“The new lighting towers will also improve safety and visibility, and finally allow the club to make full use of its home-ground for training and home games.”
Club President Rob Geerson said “With the upgrade and installation of improved lighting at Coolbinia Oval the Clubs Female Youth players, will, for the first time, be able to play their games at their home club. Once completed the project will create a central hub and be a key catalyst to further grow participation for both Male and Female participants in the local area”.
WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds said the funding would provide widespread benefits across the community.
“WA has a long, proud history of women’s football and this announcement will further develop it,” Senator Reynolds said.
“When you have a stronger economy and have responsible economic management you are able to make these types of investments that give back to the community and have longstanding benefits.”
In 2019 the Club has over 550 junior members and will field a record 20 teams. Of those numbers 1 in 4 players, or 6 teams of the Clubs total playing membership are Female.