New team shelters have been installed at Shadforth Park in North Bendigo thanks to a federal government grant.
The Golden City Soccer Club received $10,100 through the Stronger Communities Programme.
Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said the Stronger Communities Programme is an exciting opportunity for our invaluable community organisations offering support to regional infrastructure, programs and events.
“These shelters will benefit a number of user groups, including the Golden City Soccer Club, Bendigo Cricket Club (juniors), Bendigo Sword Crafters and Bendigo Lacrosse Club.
“The project will improve the match day and training experience for players, create club cohesion and contribute to Central Victoria’s vibrant sporting community.
“With more than 500 participants, Golden City does a great job in creating a sense of belonging and social inclusion and building a stronger local community. They’re a worthy recipient of this Stronger Communities grant.
“I commend the hard work of the Golden City Soccer Club on their application, these are competitive grants,” Chesters said.
Golden City Soccer Club is one of 20 Central Victorian organisations received a total of $150,000 under round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme.
Golden City President, Sean Tomlinson said the project will protect players from the weather elements, both sun and rain.
“These shelters will be used by players, volunteers, first aid persons, physios and coaches during match days and training sessions.
“The old shelters were unsafe because of extreme corrosion and dents and holes in the metal.
“They were also of insufficient size and could only fit four people, when at times we would have seven people on the bench.
“We’d like to thank Lisa Chesters for helping us secure this grant, it means our players and volunteers can be better protected from the harshness of the winter elements while supporting their teammates.”