Better lights for East Bentleigh Soccer Club
East Bentleigh Soccer Club will get better lighting at Bailey Reserve, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government.
The Labor Government recently announced that it had doubled funding available through The World Game Facilities Fund (TWGFF) due to the program’s popularity.
TWGFF will now invest $5 million to support local soccer clubs and organisations instead of the original $2.5 million. TWGFF offers grants of up to $250,000 for projects such as lighting, pitch redevelopments and unisex accessible change rooms.
East Bentleigh Soccer Club has well over 700 players, including 120 girls. The grant will assist Glen Eira Council to provide 50 Lux lighting on field three and 150 Lux lighting on field one. The new lighting will enable the club to increase the number of junior teams due to extended training and game opportunities. With this upgrade the club will have the ability to train at the one venue due to increased capacity.
With over 350,000 participants state-wide and millions of fans tuning in to the recent World Cup, soccer is more popular than ever, especially amongst women and girls.
TWGFF is helping local football clubs upgrade existing facilities or build new ones across Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Australia.
The funding is part of the Labor Government’s strong boost to sport and active recreation – to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active. Since 2014 the government has invested over $34 million in football facilities.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos
”East Bentleigh Soccer Club is a local treasure and has been serving local families for nearly 40 years.”
“We’re big supporters of community sport, and this grant will allow East Bentleigh Soccer Club to support more players and teams who want to play the world game.”