Facilities upgrade is long overdue

February 21, 2018

Arundel Street facilities have seen better days.

Positive discussions have taken place regarding the future upgrade of the Benalla Arundel St Ovals precinct.

This project has been talked about in various forms for the past 15 years. It’s time to make it happen.

Currently there are no toilets, change rooms or facilities.

The old cattle sheds provide the only undercover shelter, providing minimal privacy and security for the many players that use it.

This footy season more than 230 Auskickers will converge on the ovals to kick a footy, have fun, meet new friends and be healthy.

Junior and senior cricketers also use the ovals in summer, which will bring the total to 400 junior athletes from various sports using these facilities this season.

With the explosion of interest in women’s football there is a need for upgraded facilities, which support this growth.

Thanks to the support of the Benalla and District community, the junior league has the ability to invest a significant amount of money into the project.

Club officials feel it is vital that the government, at all levels, gets on board with the upgrade.

Great facilities allows for increased participation in junior sport, which can do wonders for the physical and mental health for communities.

State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is fully behind the facility upgrade.

‘‘Benalla and District Junior Football League is active and growing,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘With female participation in footy on the rise, it is exciting to see the league’s commitment to giving girls the opportunity to play football in our region.

‘‘Junior sport provides such a positive opportunity for all young people to develop their skills, form friendships and begin their sporting journey.

‘‘It is important that junior players are given the same access to facilities and equipment as any other local team.

‘‘I look forward to throwing my support behind any funding applications the Benalla and District Junior Football League decide to make.’’

Ms Ryan has also invited Darren Skelton to meet with her to look at different funding options.

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