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Sports and Recreation

Victorian Government Delivers World-Game Win for FC Leopold

Soccer has been given a boost in Leopold with the Andrews Labor Government announcing funding to the City of Greater Geelong to upgrade the facilities at FC Leopold’s Estuary Reserve.

Bellarine Duty MP, Gayle Tierney, on behalf of Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, today announced $250,000 towards the construction of a new pavilion from the Government’s 2020-21 World Game Facilities Fund.

Soccer is a mass-participation sport for women and men and girls and boys, with more than 456,000 participants registered before the pandemic. The new grants will help football clubs retain players and attract new participants with new facilities replacing ageing and unsuitable infrastructure.

FC Leopold has seen growing membership since its formation in 2016, however the lack of pavilion facilities and amenities have stopped the club reaching its full potential.

The funding will enable the design and construction of a multi-use pavilion including changerooms, amenities, social space, kitchen, storage and office space, adding to the $225,000 oval lighting installation that we funded it 2018, making this facility something for all Club Members to be proud of.

Since 2018, the initiative has invested $9.9 million into 38 game-changing infrastructure projects across Victoria, with a total project value of $25.5 million. 

The program provides grants of up to $500,000 to Local Government Authorities and Alpine Resort Boards to deliver shovel-ready projects including sports lighting, turf pitch developments, synthetic pitches and female friendly change rooms.

The next round of the World Game Facilities Fund will open for applications in August 2021.

The initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality, active lifestyles and stimulating local economies through job creation to make a real difference to local communities. 

The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.05 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

Ms Tierney acknowledged Lisa Neville MP for supporting this Club to get the facilities they deserve, and project partners the City of Greater Geelong for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering the FC Leopold Pavilion at Estuary Reserve

Quotes attributable to Member for Gayle Tierney MP

“We’re providing the facilities that will encourage boys and girls – and people of all ages – to get out there, join a local club and enjoy all the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.”

The World Game Facilities Fund is getting it done for the FC Leopold providing more opportunities for passionate football fans to play the sport they love.”