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Changerooms boost women’s participation in sport

Friday 15 October 2021
Female footballer Jess Searle from Glenelg Football Club

They’re officially open!

Glenelg Oval’s new multi-purpose changerooms were formally unveiled today and already have the tick of approval from the players who’ll be using them.

Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson was joined by Corey Wingard, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing and Federal Senator Andrew McLachlan, who was representing Member for Boothby, Nicolle Flint. Together they unveiled a plaque and declared the changerooms officially open.

Seven months ago, they stood in almost the exact same spot for the official sod turning ahead of the development.

“Before this new development, there wasn’t a dedicated space here at Glenelg Oval for our sportswomen to use, when training or on game days,” Mayor Wilson said.

“Now we have this fantastic multi-purpose building that gives equal access to players of all genders – and equal access to purpose built changerooms, umpire rooms and physio or massage rooms.

“This modern facility is going to be well utilised by our community for many years to come.”

Glenelg Football Club Premiership player Jess Searle had a sneak peek inside the changerooms a few weeks ago and was impressed by what she saw.

“We’ve got our names on the lockers and a premiership cup logo, so it’s cool to be the first person to use the lockers,” she said.

“Before we had to use the cricket changerooms or men’s or whatever was available, but now we’ve got our own, it’s a much better opportunity for us,” Jess said.

Importantly the changerooms meet modern standards for state level football and cricket set by the SANFL and Cricket Australia.

They’ll be used by players from both the Glenelg Football Club and Glenelg District Cricket Club, as well as visiting teams and students from the nearby Glenelg Primary School.

The City of Holdfast Bay contributed $476,000 towards the project, in addition to funding grants from the State and Federal governments.

Council has committed a further $1.4m towards stages 3 and 4 of the overall Glenelg Oval Masterplan which will kick off in coming months.

The community-focused upgrade to the precinct includes relocating the cricket nets, upgrading the public toilets and the Margaret Messenger Reserve playspace.

Williams Avenue will also be addressed with additional car parking and a school access zone.

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