Orange and District FA awarded funding as part of the Football Legacy Program’s $3.1M Grant


The Orange and District Football Association has been awarded $13,694 as part of the NSW Government’s Football Legacy Program to establish a new female football program. 

In 2023, the Orange and District Football Association will open the Orange & District Female Football Academy, aimed at female junior and youth groups to accommodate the increasing stream of interest from female participants ahead of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.  

Tony Mileto, President, Orange and District Football Association said, “We’re thrilled to have been given the opportunity to build this program for the female youth of Orange. The award granted towards the ODFA will go towards the funding of our coaches, guest coaches, squad uniforms, and equipment.”

The Orange & District Female Football Academy (ODFA) will provide both individual and team development programs for all girls wishing to improve their football skills, and prepare them to represent the ODFA in the Western Youth League. “The academy will look to increase the development of the skills of current players who possibly may want to enter into the A-League, the Women’s Competition, and potentially play for the Matildas,” said Mileto.

Establishing the academy ahead of this year’s Women’s World Cup will be crucial for the local association, “We plan to leverage the upcoming World Cup, as when young girls see a competition of that grandeur being held in Australia, it certainly piques their interest. The wider funding aims to improve football facilities and support infrastructure, increase participation opportunities, and improve female player pathways,” ended Mileto.

About the Legacy Fund Participation and Infrastructure Grants 

The NSW Government recently announced a $3.1 million investment into more than 100 grassroots football projects across the state to help improve facilities and run programs to boost player participation as part of the NSW Football Legacy Fund. 

The investment is intended to broaden female player options and increase participation opportunities, whilst enhancing football facilities and supporting infrastructure. This fund also aims to assist clubs in developing football programs at all levels through the construction or upgrading of community facilities, leadership, and development initiatives. 

As Australia prepares to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, strengthening the football community in NSW is key to matching the unprecedented level of interest in female football. The NSW Football Legacy Fund seeks to ensure it has the facilities and programming to match the buzz that the FIFA World Cup is generating for Australia’s next generation of future Matilda’s 

More information about the NSW Football Legacy Fund is available here

This web story is supported by the NSW Government under the NSW Football Legacy Program.