Netball and football fans in Leopold have more opportunities to get active thanks to funding from the Andrews Government.

Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville today opened the redeveloped Leopold Memorial Reserve Pavilion,  made possible thanks to $1.6 million funding from government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and Country Football and Netball Program.

The reserve and pavilion is a hub for community sport in the area, home to the Leopold Football Netball Club, and also to the local cricket and tennis clubs.

However the existing facilities and amenities were not coping with demand, and were in need of an upgrade.

The project involved construction of two new netball courts complete with training standard lighting, enabling the club to better schedule training and competitions, including night games.

New female friendly change rooms were also constructed, as well as umpires change rooms. These accessible facilities ensure that female players and officials in all sporting codes have access to the facilities they deserve.

The construction work is now complete, the refreshed home and away football change rooms, gym, meeting rooms and community rooms are now available for use.

The Andrews Government is committed to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria we’ve already invested $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and that’s why we’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength.

Ms Neville acknowledged project partner City of Greater Geelong City Council for its significant financial contribution to the project, along with the generous support of the Leopold Football Netball Club.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville

“This reserve is integral to the lives of many Leopold residents – by improving the netball and change facilities here the Andrews Government is benefiting the whole community.

 “Sports clubs are the heart and soul of regional Victoria. We’re giving them the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”

 “This project at Leopold Memorial Reserve is a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.”

Quote attributable to Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Active Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell

“It’s important for sporting clubs to have facilities that allow women to feel safe and included, so they can get out on the field and enjoy doing what they love. Female friendly facilities ensure that girls and women are a respected and vital part of our sport and recreation community.”