FUNDING LIGHTS UP SPORT AT CENTENARY PARK

St Peters Junior Football Club and Bentleigh Uniting Cricket Club will be able to open their doors to more players thanks to $165,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Sport John Eren today announced new lighting will be installed on the main oval at Centenary Park in Bentleigh East thanks to funding from the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund.

The park has two ovals but recent audits found the lighting levels were only 20 Lux, well below the recommended 50 Lux level for training, and nowhere near the 150 Lux required for night competition.

The poor lighting has limited the capacity of the football club to train and play, particularly for the growing women’s football league.

This funding is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, and to encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria we’ve invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels.

Mr Eren acknowledged Glen Eira City Council and AFL Victoria for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“Growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women are signing up to play footy and cricket at local clubs, however many clubs like St Peters Junior Football Club and Bentleigh Uniting Cricket Club are struggling with inadequate facilities.

“We want all Victorians to have access to the facilities they need to play the sports they love.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“These new flexible lights on the main oval at Centenary Park will provide more opportunities for Bentleigh East locals to get active and play the sport they love.”

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

“We want to support women and girls so their experiences are the same as boys and men in the state. The provision of female friendly facilities is a big step in the right direction.”

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