Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

The NSW Government are levelling the playing field for women’s sport, and Armidale’s Bellevue Oval is getting a piece of the pie.

Women’s sport has received a major injection with 26 projects receiving funding through the NSW Government’s $30 million Level the Playing Field Program.

The program, which was inspired by the success of the Matildas at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, will fund the construction of new and upgraded sports facilities, including amenities and lighting improvements across NSW.

“By transforming and expanding sports facilities across NSW we are enabling more women and girls to participate in sport.” said Minister for Sport Steve Kamper.

“But most importantly, we are providing safer, more comfortable and more inclusive facilities, breaking down the barriers that have traditionally prevented many women from participating in sport.”

Recipients have received grants between $200,000 – $2 million, including a sports lighting installation for Bellevue Oval in Armidale.

According to the project description, Bellevue Oval does not currently provide a welcoming and inclusive environment, whereas the installation of adequate sports lighting will ensure safer training and enable the facility to be used by a wider section of the community.

This will benefit all users and help increase participation by women and girls at this venue.

“Sport should be inclusive for people of all ages, genders and abilities.” said Minister for Women Jodie Harrison.

“But we know women face different barriers to men when participating in sport.”

“This program delivers on the NSW Government’s commitment to creating a level playing field for women at all levels of sport.”

“Through projects like the ones announced today, we will enable more women and girls to develop a lifelong love of sport.”

For further information on the Level the Playing Field Program, including the list of funding recipients, visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/level-the-playing-field-program.

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