In the case of the Magpies they will kick-start season 2018 under the bright lights thanks to $100,000 from the program.
The upgrade will bring the lighting on Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve’s Doug Powell Oval up to AFL standard for night training and games.
It means the Magpies, a childhood club of Brownlow medallist and Premiership star Dustin Martin, will have room to grow and more locals can get on the reserve when they want, safely, at all hours, and follow in the footsteps of Dusty.
Grassroots football and netball are booming, with around 300,000 people playing netball in Victoria and more than 950 new female footy teams joining competitions across the nation since the inaugural AFW season.
The program is helping clubs like the Magpies in regional Victoria update tired grounds and build the facilities they need.
Partners the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria have delivered an additional $1 million towards the program.
For more information about the Country Football and Netball Program