Longwood Football Netball Club have continued their push for female change facilities to support the club’s growing netball program with the support of local MP Annabelle Cleeland.
With the Redlegs now boasting a full complement of seven netball sides in the Kyabram District Football League the club is seeking female toilets and change facilities at their netball precinct.
Ms Cleeland has written to the Sports Minister and invited her to Longwood to see the need for the upgrade in person.
“The Redlegs are the lifeblood of the community, and they are well overdue for dedicated female facilities,” Ms Cleeland said.
“With close to 150 netballers using the courts during the season every home game there is a serious need for change and toileting facilities.
“We all know the benefits of being involved in community sport and this environment needs to be inclusive and support female participation.”
Ms Cleeland thanked club president, Ricki Shiner, for his hard work and passionate advocacy for the club’s needs.
“Everyone in Longwood knows how much blood, sweat and tears Ricki has put in to the Redlegs and how driven he is to provide the very best for the club,” Ms Cleeland said.
“He is a deserving recipient of Longwood Citizen of the Year and I know how much he would love to deliver further upgrades at the Rec Reserve.”
Ms Cleeland said she would welcome a visit from the Sports Minister and a commitment to female facilities at Longwood.
“I would love to bring the Minister here and show her the pressing need for this investment,” Ms Cleeland said.
“This is a commitment I made at the election if elected to government and it would be great to have the returned government match this.
“There are several clubs around our region that really need facilities upgrades including Longwood, Murchison-Toolamba and Seymour.
“The Minister is definitely welcome, and I’d be happy to take her round for a day and show her exactly where our sporting clubs need support, starting with the mighty Redlegs.”