Three suburban sport centres will be upgraded ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in a partnership between the Malinauskas Government and FIFA.
The Malinauskas Government is providing $350,000 to develop appropriate changeroom facilities at the Marden Sports Complex to be used by the world’s best women footballers.
In addition to the upgrades at Marden, the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre in Newton and Croatian Sports Centre in Gepps Cross will also see works completed ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
The Marden funding complements a State Government investment of $26 million into the recently completed ServiceFM Stadium and more than $50 million at Coopers Stadium in Hindmarsh where up to nine international teams will compete across four group and one knockout matches.
The projects will leave a legacy of sporting infrastructure in South Australia fit for local use following the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Tomorrow evening’s draw will confirm the teams visiting Adelaide for this celebration of football.
Quotes attributable to Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing
The FIFA Women’s World Cup will bring the best footballers in the world and thousands of visitors to our state, and promote our state to the world.
It will provide an unprecedented opportunity to grow participation in football, inspire the next generation of footballers, showcase all that South Australia has to offer and advance gender equality.
The Malinauskas Government is deeply committed to backing women in sport, to doing its part as a host city ahead of next year’s Women’s World Cup, and is determined to ensure being a host enables us to leave a legacy for future generations of women in sport and our state as a whole.
When properly planned, international events like the FIFA Women’s World Cup allow for host cities to design and develop facilities with use by dates well beyond the duration of the tournament.
The Malinauskas Government is future planning, as well as ensuring a great experience for teams visiting Adelaide for Women’s World Cup matches.
Quotes attributable to Kimberley Conte, Head of Women’s World Cup South Australia and Legacy
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup provides an occasion to showcase the state to a global audience and an opportunity to leverage the growth of football in South Australia by tapping into one of the largest sporting events on the planet.
Promoting initiatives such as this is a quantum leap for South Australia, and we embrace the tremendous support from the government and their ongoing commitment to Women’s Sport.
These investments will benefit our local communities, our female players and aspiring young athletes from across South Australia and are aligned with the commitments in our Legacy Plan.
Quotes attributable to Paul Giordano, Azzurri Sports Club Secretary
This funding will allow the changerooms and pitch to be developed into state-of-the-art facilities.
This will not only be suitable for international teams competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but in addition will provide a legacy and benefit all future users of the facility both within the Club and the wider Community.