Football has been given a boost in Mitchell Shire with the Victorian Government announcing funding to Mitchell Shire Council to upgrade to facilities at the Broadford Recreation Reserve.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $348,000 towards the redevelopment from the government’s 2019-20 The World Game Facilities Fund.

The project is one of thirteen to share in $4.9 million in grants from the fund to develop and redevelop grassroots football facilities across the state.

The world game is more popular than ever and with the recent announcement of Australia co-hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re expecting even more Victorians will sign up to play in record numbers.

The reserve is home to the Mitchel Rangers Soccer Club and is utilised by Broadford Secondary College – the club has seen growing interest in recent years. This upgrade will modernise their facilities so they can cater for growing demand, especially for women and girls.

The funding will enable the redevelopment of the main football pitch at Broadford Sports Precinct to full size including drainage, irrigation, coaches box and an interchange area.

Since 2018, the initiative has injected approximately $9.9 million to 38 game-changing infrastructure projects across Victoria, with a total project value of $25.5 million.  And I am pleased to announce that the 2020-21 World Game Facilities Fund will open in November 2020.

This round of the fund ramps up that effort by providing grants of up to $500,000 to Councils and Alpine Resort Boards to improve facilities in their area including lighting, turf pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitches, and female friendly accessible change rooms.

The fund is part of a more than $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014.

Ms Symes acknowledged project partners Mitchell Shire Council for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering the redevelopment at the Broadford Sports Precinct.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Football is booming in Victoria and we’re expecting growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women to sign up to play at local clubs.”

The Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund is getting it done for the Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club, providing more opportunities for passionate football fans to play the sport they love.”

“We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

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