Funding for new change rooms announced
Parliamentary Secretary Daniel Mulino announced this morning that the Williamstown Football Club has been successful in our application for a $1.5m community sports infrastructure loan to build two new sets of changerooms.
AFL Victoria Chief Operating Officer Ricky Bell was in attendance to confirm that the AFL were also contributing $273k to the project.
The Club hosted a number of dignitaries, key stakeholders and media at the Seaview Event Centre this morning to hear the exciting news.
Mr Mulino stated, “This club has shown a great deal of leadership, in a number of ways, especially within the community. This club has already achieved so much, but what I think is critical, it has such bold visions for the future. There is an incredible demand for improvements for women’s facilities and Williamstown Football Club will have $1.5m dollars provided to them for this.”
Ricky Bell acknowledged the dual benefit of adequate facilities to service both the state league female players and the community teams using the venue. “Today is not just for Williamstown but for all football in this region as this ground provides so much for the community in the west”.
Hobsons Bay Mayor Angela Altair added Council’s support to the project “This Club has grand visions and always bring them to fruition. The council is thrilled to see this funding come in and we will support the Club in anyway we can to make sure all the necessary permits will be passed through so there is no hold ups in those developments.”
The Member for Williamstown and Williamstown FC number one ticket holder Wade Noonan was also present and said how excited he was with the Club’s entry into VFLW female football.
“To see the outcome of the first year of the women’s team, is absolutely inspiring, and to come along and watch the Pride game in Round 4 was again a demonstration of this Club’s commitment to the community outreach, which we are all so proud of.
For what Williamstown achieved in their first season this year was outstanding: to win their last three games; have Jess Duffin named as the VFLW best and fairest; have Jess Duffin and Jasmine Garner named in the VFLW team of the year; and have Sophie Van De Heuvel drafted at pick 2 in the AFLW; all in one year, with very limited facilities here at the ground.
On top of that, 40 other football teams have been able to use the facility, that’s over 3,200 participants, so as the #1 ticket holder, I couldn’t be prouder of what the club have been able to achieve this year.”
Club directors Michelle Redfern, Kim Kershaw and Darren Whitelegg were joined by representatives from fellow tenant club the Western Jets; Club sponsors Hocking Stuart, Werribee Automotive, and PDG; together with senior coaches Andrew Collins, Amy Catterall and several VFLW players.
CEO Jason Reddick says that club is delighted with the outcome.
“Thanks to the support and partnership of many stakeholders here today, we are thrilled to be able to pursue our vision of delivering appropriate facilities for both females and the broader community”.