Levelling the playing field at Frankston's Jubilee Park

Published: 12 Jan 2022

Frankston's under-14s women football team

Please note: Images in this article were taken before current COVID-19 safety measures were in place.

Over the past two years, Bridie Turner has been working hard to get more women and girls involved in football at Jubilee Park in Frankston.

She represents the girls’ side at Frankston YCW Junior Football Club.

In recent years, they’ve seen huge growth in junior female football and they’re planning to field a senior women’s team in the near future.

They’ve achieved this despite a significant barrier - the lack of inclusive facilities at their home ground.

Thankfully, that’s about to change. Through the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme, Kevin Collopy Pavilion at Jubilee Park will soon be refurbished with female-friendly changerooms and amenities.

When the masterplan was spread across Bridie’s kitchen bench, her 12-year-old daughter Lily bounced around with excitement.

Lily Turner kicking a footy

The under-14s footballer thinks of the club as her second family and hopes to continue her journey through to seniors.

“I was showing her the plans and she was saying how good it is to have somewhere to call home,” Bridie recalled.

“There’s been a very raw feeling down at the club and now with these new changerooms planned, the women and girls will feel safer and more welcome.”

Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club President Dennis Prendergast said the all-inclusive amenities are coming at the right time.

The club is evolving its premier women’s team and is eager to start hosting national events again- but this time on an even greater scale.

“There’s a great interest in female cricket in our region,” he said.

“We were hosting up to three national events per year, but we’re hoping we can host more now we will have the appropriate amenities.”

Mr Prendergast says the refurbishments will allow them to host larger events, which in turn will boost the local economy.

Lily Turner enjoying playing footy

“The national games are over two days, so people would stay the night in local accommodation.

“They will come, play, and then go and do whatever they want to afterwards – whether that be eating out, shopping or sightseeing in Melbourne.”

The Jubilee Park refurbishment starts next year and is due for completion in early-2023, much to the excitement of Bridie, her daughter and their club members.

“YCW will be the club to be at with the facilities we’re going to have – it will make a huge difference.”

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