By Ewen McRae
Caroline Springs Football Club’s facelift is complete, following the opening of female-friendly changerooms last week.
The upgrades follow a joint investment from Melton council and the state government, with representatives from both on hand for the official opening on September 18.
Club president Terry Azzopardi said the addition of women’s teams, and the subsequent new changerooms, had transformed the club for the better.
“The growth in the club has been through the women’s side of it,“ Mr Azzopardi said.
“These changerooms just complete the footy club. When you’ve got women and men playing on the same days it’s just nice for them to have their own space, making it easier to manage and also just making everyone feel welcome at the club.
“We’ve got 120 women and girls playing at the club now, and it’s changed the dynamics of the club for the better.”
Melton council contributed $465,700 towards the upgrades, with the state government adding $500,000.
Melton mayor Bob Turner said he was proud to see local facilities helping female athletes pursue their dreams.
“It’s fantastic to open another facility that puts women and girls on an equal playing field at local sports clubs,” Cr Turner said.
“There are so many talented and ambitious female athletes in the City of Melton, and we want to ensure we have the facilities to support them and their sporting goals.”