The Leopold Lions Football Netball Club has finished the season on another high with new netball courts and stage one of their pavilion works at the Leopold Memorial Recreation Reserve now complete.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville was in Leopold today help celebrate and open the upgrades at Leopold Recreation Reserve, made possible by a $1.6 million Victorian Government funding package.

Football and netball participation is on the rise, and the reserve’s outdated facilities had been struggling to cope with the increasing numbers, especially as more and more women and girls get involved.

The new change rooms mean local netballers will have the facilities they need to prepare for their matches and celebrate their wins, bringing a boost to team morale, and providing a welcoming space to encourage new members to the club.

New change rooms have also been built for football and netball umpires, along with an upgrade to the existing football change rooms.

Two new netball courts have be installed with sports lighting to training standards to maximise their weeknight training sessions in a much safer and more enjoyable environment.

The new modern amenities are also available for the whole community to use including nearby Leopold Primary School, the Leopold Cricket Club; the Leopold Tennis Club and the Leopold Scouts.

The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping clubs update tired grounds and build the facilities they need all over the State.

It includes a $10 million fund to develop, upgrade and refurbish women’s change rooms – the single biggest investment by a state government in Australia. The project was funded in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong Council.

Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville said, clubs like the Leopold Lions Football Netball Club are the lifeblood of our community. We’re giving our local clubs renewed opportunity to be the best they can be.

The new rooms at Leopold mean players no longer have to change in their cars or on the side of the netball courts, Ms Neville said.

We are committed to giving all Victorians access to the sporting facilities they deserve. Not just some Victorians, not just the most gifted Victorians– but for all Victorians, Ms Neville concluded.