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Kingston Council backs St Kilda Football Club’s bid for National Women’s League team

10 May 2016

Elite female footballers could have a home at Moorabbin Reserve if the St Kilda Football club’s bid for a National Women’s League (NWL) licence is successful.

The City of Kingston has added its support for the St Kilda Football Club’s bid and would welcome the boost for women’s sport in the region.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said the new National Women’s League would develop elite female players and promote participation in sport among younger girls.

“It will be fantastic for young girls to have strong female role models encouraging them to stay active, engage in team sports and become connected with community sport,” Cr Bearsley said.

“Female football in Melbourne’s southern region is booming and we’ve seen enormous growth in female participation in the South Metro Junior Football League.”

Cr Bearsley said the St Kilda Football Club would be well-placed to host a National Women’s League team thanks to the $30 million redevelopment at Moorabbin Reserve currently underway.

The joint project between the Victorian Government, Kingston Council, St Kilda, the AFL and community leagues includes plans for a vibrant community football hub which will feature change room facilities plus room to accommodate an elite women’s team and a development academy in partnership with the Sandringham Dragons.  

“The project is part of Kingston Council’s ongoing multi-million dollar investment over the past decade to upgrade local sports facilities to better accommodate female players,” Cr Bearsley said.

“We recognise that many local sports facilities were built around 50 years ago when sport was a male-dominated area and don’t accommodate female players – but we’re pleased to see that changing and the result is female participation in local sport is going from strength to strength.”   

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