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Refurb brings more females to the field

Refurb brings more females to the field

Female participation in sport continues to rise in Moreland, and a recent refurbishment at A G Gillon Oval in Brunswick has opened up more opportunities for women and girls to take up team sports.Gillon Oval

Officially launched last week, the works involved making improvements to the A R Glenn stand – built in 1927 – including upgrading the change rooms, toilets and showers to provide female friendly facilities, an accessible entry to the rear of the building and a new accessible toilet and shower.

Moreland’s Mayor Cr Helen Davidson says Council has been working hard to encourage female participation in sport and improve the low rates of physical activity among women.

“Our work and the work of local sports clubs has increased female participation in Moreland by an impressive 161% since 2010,” said Cr Davidson.

“Part of that increase is due to improvements in the standard of recreation facilities, making sure they are appropriate for women and girls.”

Tim Purdey, President of Brunswick Senior Football Club, says the refurbishment has already been a big hit early on in the season.

 “I pay credit to the policy makers that foresaw the need to provide greater facilities for women, particularly in areas that had previously been male dominated,” said Mr Purdey.

“When Council created their policy to increase female participation it made us stop and think and we now see it’s been a wonderful success. [Having more female participation] has changed the atmosphere at the club.”

The Moreland Allocation and Use of Sporting Facilities, Grounds and Pavilions Policy is tied to female participation, something that had never been done by a Victorian Council before.

“We’re a large club taking in football, netball and cricket, and we’re still growing. The support from Council in providing opportunities means our clubs can continue to grow,” said Mr Purdey.

A G Gillon Oval is located on the corner of Pearson and Hope Streets in Brunswick and the Brunswick Community Sports Club offers opportunities for male and females from juniors to seniors.

21 April 2017