Minister for Sport John Eren.A guideline launched by the state government will help sportsclubs, councils, architects and designers ensure that new sports facilities support women’s participation.

The online Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guide will provide advice for building or repairing sports facilities to accommodate growing numbers ofwomen and girls getting involved in sport.

“There are more Victorian women and girls playing grassroots sport than ever before, but too often their facilities are rundown or non-existent. We’re fixing that,” Minister for Sport John Eren said.

“The Female Friendly Infrastructure Guide puts the power in the hands of clubs, councils, builders and architects to make a big difference to Victorians.”

By the beginning of next season, Allansford netball players will have access to brand new facilities to use when they train and play at their home ground.

The facilities will include toilets, change rooms with showers, an office, a storeroom and a kitchen.

Allansford Football and Netball Club president Toby Holloway said the upgrade was “well and truly overdue.”

“The girls didn’t have showers or toilets which was not good enough,” he said.

“We’re just trying to get the facilities up to a better standard for the whole community.”

Mr Holloway said the upgrade meant the players would be able to have all their belongings in one place and have a shower after the game without having to go home.

The courts will also be resurfaced with “state-of-the-art” materials.

“The netball club is half our club so they should have the same facilities as the boys get,” he said.

“They should be able to expect those facilities, really.”

The project has been undertaken as a collaboration between the club, the Allansford Recreation Reserve management (part of Warrnambool City Council) and Allansford Cricket Club.

Last year the state government announced $10 million in fundingfor clubs toupgrade women’s facilities.

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