Melbourne’s AFLW team is off to the perfect start for this footy season, with the opening of their new $8 million changerooms at Casey Fields.
Cranbourne MP Pauline Richards officially opened the high quality AFLW changerooms, the first of several upgrades at the ground set to benefit female footballers from grassroots to the elite level.
The new changerooms at Casey Fields, which received $5 million in funding from the State Government, feature personalised lockers, aquatic recovery pool, team address room, warm up space and a massage area.
A new canteen has also been installed so supporters can have a more enjoyable experience as they watch the Demons play.
Opening later this year will be a new state of the art gymnasium and indoor training facility at Casey Fields to complement the new changerooms.
These improvements will provide the perfect base for the Demons to train and host the big games. Grassroots clubs in the south-east and beyond will also benefit through development programs run at Casey Fields by the Melbourne Football Club.
The project forms part of the State Government’s $45 million investment in AFLW to support the current crop of AFLW stars and generations to follow.
Casey Council contributed $2.5 million to the project while $500,000 was received from the AFL.
“We’re so proud to play our part in levelling the playing field and in making sure women in sport get the very best facilities to excel at the top level,” Ms Richards said.
Melbourne Demons chief executive Gary Pert said: “The facilities will not only benefit our AFLW and VFLW programs but will be made available for community sport, which is great news for the local residents of Casey”.
The Government also thanked the City of Casey and AFL for their contributions to the Casey Fields works.