The Victorian Government is delivering for female footballers by supporting top-quality facilities from grassroots to the elite level, so more women and girls have the opportunity to get involved.
The Victorian Government is kicking in $5 million to make the Casey Fields project happen, providing cutting-edge facilities for Melbourne Football Club’s AFLW team and grassroots pathway programs.
The project will also incorporate a new canteen for supporters at the Cranbourne East ground, which has been Melbourne FC’s women’s base since the inception of the AFLW in 2017.
The Government’s $5 million commitment is part of a $45 million investment in women’s football, to support the current crop of AFLW stars and the generations that will follow in their footsteps.Grassroots clubs in the south-east of Melbourne and beyond will benefit through development programs run at Casey Fields by Melbourne FC.
Women’s football is booming in Victoria with the state recording a landmark 1,000 female teams in 2019, up from just 58 female teams in 2010.
The AFLW started with eight teams in 2017 but will become a 14-team competition in early 2020 when St Kilda, Richmond, West Coast and Gold Coast join the league.
The $45 million Victorian Government investment in female football has also included $20 million for works at Ikon Park, a $13 million development at Moorabbin Oval, $5 million for Whitten Oval and $2 million for Victoria Park.
The Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014, including building new female-friendly facilities at 150 locations across the state.
The City of Casey and AFL are also contributing to the Casey Fields works, which will begin shortly and are due for completion by mid-2020.