Women and girls at the Sandgate Hawks are set for a win with the announcement of $497,482 in funding to go to the Club as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s new Female Facilities Programme.
State Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said he was excited to see the Hawks benefit from the Female Facilities fund, after having long advocated for the need to help improve female facilities at local clubs.
“For quite some time I have campaigned on the need for funding to support female participation in sport, and have used the Hawks as a case study into why we need to help upgrade female facilities”, Mr Hinchliffe said.
“With a rapidly growing membership of female players, the fund will contribute to providing a more practical and inclusive space for both male and female players at the Hawks,
“The Hawks will use the funding to upgrade 11 showers, 14 toilets, two change rooms, an officials room, amenities for people with a disability and a parents' room to support female participation.
“This is all about addressing inequality in sport and in our community.
“We know that fewer women and girls have the opportunity to get involved in sport and active recreation, and by providing inclusive change facilities clubs, like the Hawks, can take an important step in addressing that inequality.”
Hawks President, Aaron Widt, said that the current change room facilities, built in 1979, were a real barrier to providing women and girls with suitable toilet and change room facilities.
“The current change facilities only have five male toilets and open showers”, Mr Widt said.
“After expanding our AFL teams to include women and girls some five years ago, as a club we need to be able to keep up with the demands of a rapidly growing female membership.
“Upgraded women’s Facilities are a crucial part of the long term strategic vision the club implemented.
“By providing our members and visitors with more adequate facilities, we can continue to host school and club AFL carnivals and community events, knowing we are contributing to building a more inclusive experience for everyone at the Hawks.”
Sandgate Hawks Senior Women’s Team Captain, Kara Fabian, said that the funding would help provide a more welcoming environment for girls coming through the ranks, after years of having to share their facilities with the male players.
“Having played at the Sandgate Hawks since I was nine years of age, I have seen female participation grow and that in itself is an important step in achieving gender equality in sport,” Ms Fabian said.
“But the growth means our female players need to have a space for their own, and that is exactly what this funding will allow us to do.
“The Hawks have got a one club philosophy and that’s a ‘we’ve got your back’ attitude, and these new facilities will demonstrate how sporting clubs across Australia can help support female participation into the future.”
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said an overwhelming number of applications were received for the Female Facilities Programme, which provides grants of up to $500,000 to help local sporting clubs provide inclusive facilities for players and patrons.
For more information about the programme and other opportunities available under Get in the Game visit: www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/