The Matildas' electrifying performance in the World Cup has inspired the South Australian Government to announce $18 million for female sporting facilities. Marion Council has a project ready to roll out which will directly benefit women’s soccer in southern Adelaide and the Cove FC women's teams.
“Well done, Matildas, and well done, Premier Malinauskas!”, said Mayor of Marion, Kris Hanna.
Premier Malinauskas opened the Southern Soccer Facility, home of the Cove Football Club, in the Marion Council area in April 2022. With joint State and Council funding, Cove FC has brand new clubrooms and three pitches. There is space marked out for one more. The need for a fourth pitch is now urgent. Due to growing numbers at the Cove Football Club, the Cove FC women's teams have to train offsite; there are just not enough pitches for all of the Cove FC teams to train and play on.
Mayor Hanna said, “Marion Council residents make up 1/18 of the state’s population. If we had 1/18 of the women’s sport fund announced by the Premier, we can add that 4th pitch to the Cove FC facility. We need to “bring home” the Cove FC women so they can train and compete on the same pitches as their male counterparts. They deserve it – at least one of them is likely to be a future Matilda”.
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