Football has been given a boost in Langwarrin with the Victorian Government announcing funding to Frankston City Council to upgrade to facilities at Lawton Reserve.

Member for Eastern Victorian, Jane Garrett MP today announced $250,000 towards upgrading lighting at Lawton Reserve from the government’s 2019-20 The World Game Facilities Fund.

The project is one of thirteen to share in $4.9 million in grants from the fund to develop and redevelop grassroots football facilities across the state.

The world game is more popular than ever and with the recent announcement of Australia co-hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re expecting even more Victorians will sign up to play in record numbers.

The Victorian Government is supporting clubs like Langwarrin Soccer Club to modernise their facilities, so they can cater for growing demand, especially from women and girls.

This $500,000 project will see replacement of existing lighting on Pitch 1 to 200 lux and installation of new 100 lux lighting on Pitch 2. This investment will support the high participation levels at Langwarrin, with over 650 players.

Since 2018, this initiative has injected approximately $9.9 million to 38 game-changing infrastructure projects across Victoria, with a total project value of $25.5 million. The 2020-21 World Game Facilities Fund will open in November 2020.

This round of the fund ramps up that effort by providing grants of up to $500,000 to Councils and Alpine Resort Boards to improve facilities in their area including lighting, turf pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitches, and female friendly accessible change rooms.

The fund is part of a more than $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014.

Jane Garrett MP acknowledged project partners Frankston City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering this important upgrade at Lawton Reserve.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP

“Football is booming in Victoria and we’re expecting growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women to sign up to play at local clubs, however many clubs are struggling with inadequate facilities.”

“This funding from the Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund will help deliver improvements to Lawton Reserve, providing more playing and training time for passionate members of Langwarrin Soccer Club.”

“We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”