Local football clubs and associations have benefited from the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 following the announcement that more than $3.2 million had been awarded in the NSW Football Legacy Fund.
In Campbelltown, Bradbury Ambarvale Football Club were successful in acquiring funding to run a combined teenage girls ‘Come and Try’ day for girls from 13 to 18 years old and an open age 7-a-side women’s tournament to showcase women’s football and grow participation.
“The NSW Football Legacy Fund is ensuring everyone from local girls and boys lacing up their boots for the first time to participants in our elite regional development programs are benefitting from NSW hosting games at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren said.
Liverpool Olympic Football Club located at Hoxton Park is also among the 90 recipients to receive funding for the construction of new facilities and participation initiatives that will benefit local players and volunteers.
“In years to come, local players that shine on the world stage will have used facilities and participated in programs directly funded through this program,” Member for Liverpool Charishma Kaliyanda said.
Damien Gauci from Liverpool Olympic Football Club’s committee said that the club is committed to increasing football participation and making its amenities female friendly and accessible for all abilities.
“The funds from these grants will assist the club in their plans to have all players training and playing games in suitable facilities with safe equipment, including our disability group, SNAPParoos. The benefit to the community will be across all ages, genders and abilities,” Mr Gauci said.
The NSW Football Legacy Fund is a collaboration between the NSW Office of Sport Football Australia, Football NSW and Northern NSW Football with $6.3 million awarded for almost 200 projects across the two rounds of the Fund.
The funding is part of the NSW Government’s $10 million NSW Football Legacy Program that is supporting the construction of new and upgraded facilities, participation initiatives, high performance, leadership and development programs as well as tourism and international engagement as a direct result of NSW hosting games at the tournament.
“The $3.2 million awarded today for new facilities and participation initiatives through the NSW Football Legacy Fund will ensure that women’s football in NSW benefits from NSW hosting games long after the final ball is kicked,” Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said.