Football NSW has thrown its support behind Football Australia’s (FA) #EQUALISER campaign in a bid to deliver adequate female-friendly facilities across the state.
Aligning to the ‘Community Facilities’ Pillar of the FA Legacy 23’ Plan, the campaign was launched after a FA report revealed that only 35% of football facilities across Australia are currently categorised as being female-friendly or gender-neutral.
Football NSW’s Head of Women’s Football, Hayley Todd, spoke about the significance of the issue facing community football.
“It’s not acceptable for women and girls not to have access to female friendly facilities,” said Todd.
“It is important that clubs are having these conversations with their local councils and Government representatives to ensure the issue is raised, acknowledged and addressed.”
An FA survey revealed that 65% of respondents said political commitments to fund improved football facilities in their community would influence their vote at the upcoming Federal Election.
With as little as 8% of respondents believing football actually receives a fair-share of government funding, compared to other sports, the impact of localised campaigning around community facility needs was strongly illustrated.
The goal of #EQUALISER is for all football facilities to be equal, promoting equivalent services and access. Facilities will need to meet a minimum criterion defined by Football Australia and verified through an annual national facilities audit. Each facility will then be assigned an appropriate level of accreditation.
Football Australia and the Member Federations have developed a list of facilities across electorates which are in urgent need of upgrades.
With the Federal Election imminent, FNSW has joined FA in calling on all sides of politics to deliver funding commitments to assist #EQUALISER in achieving its goal.