New Melbourne home for The Matildas

Published: 19 Oct 2021

New Melbourne home for The Matildas

[Delivering for Victoria - New home for The Matildas]

[Vision: People wearing and holding Matilda scarves posing for photograph]

Go Matildas!

[Vision: Team and others posing for photograph]

Paul Docherty - Chairman of Melbourne Rebels

This will be the home for the Matildas and a dedicated home training base for Rugby Victoria and the Melbourne Rebels Super W team as well.

[Vision: Footballers playing football on field]

Antonella Care - President of Football Victoria

This is really an opportunity for those little girls to kick that ball at their feet to get in there and know that they can make a career and an opportunity out of football.

This is the culmination of years of really pursuing our 50-50 dream of gender balance in football.

[Vision: Young footballers listening to coach]

It’s a really big program that we’ve got running and an entire team dedicated to ensuring that we achieve that gender balance.

Kimon Taliadoros - CEO of Football Victoria

[Vision: Young footballers listening to coach]

The exceptional thing about this opportunity is it provides Victoria and Melbourne in particular here in La Trobe, the opportunity to participate in a global market, in particular the Asean region who are also looking to provide these sorts of opportunities to their women and girls.

[Vision: People mingling and chatting on field]

Paul Docherty - Chairman of Melbourne Rebels

The game has doubled in participation.

Our expectation is once the facility is built that our participation will go significantly higher.

[Vision: Young players playing football]

It’s our hope that by 2027 beyond 50% of our team who are contracted to the Melbourne Rebels are local Victorian players.

Having that central focus, somewhere where we know we’ve got the expertise, that people and the community are with us that makes a massive difference to the sport.

Antonella Care - President of Football Victoria

It means that not only have we got now a world stage where little girls can see that they can do and be a Matilda all the way through.

[Vision: Young players playing football on field and training]

It also means that we’re showing them that they’re just as good as anybody else who’s playing this sport at an elite level.

[Victoria State Government. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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

Our national women’s football team, The Matildas, are getting their own purpose-built training hub.

In major news for women’s sports in Australia, construction of a state-of-the-art centre for The Matildas has begun at La Trobe University’s Bundoora Sports Park.

Made possible through a $101.1 million investment, the project will be the ideal launching pad for The Matildas as they prepare for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup – to be contested from 20 July to 20 August 2023 in Australia and New Zealand

To have one of the world’s best professional women’s sports teams housed at this new site will be a huge boost for students, for sports science research, and for Melbourne’s northern community, and is in line with Football Victoria and Football Australia’s target of a 50/50 male-female participation by 2027.

The Matildas, after all, are an inspiration to girls across Australia.

The next Sam Kerr or Aaron Mooy will also be able to hone their skills on Bundoora’s fields, with the centre to host Football Victoria’s high-performance program for young soccer stars as well as its administration base.

Grassroots clubs will have access to the centre’s pitches and community-level programs, including on-site training for coaches, referees, administrators and volunteers. The Victorian Government has already invested $1.5 million for planning and the Federal Government $15 million for the development, which will include a marquee pitch with grandstand seating, four other pitches, a gymnasium and wet recovery area, a medical and rehabilitation centre, meeting areas and a player lounge.

The development of La Trobe Sports Park also includes the development of the Victorian State Rugby Centre.

Not only will this investment create new jobs during construction, it will also reaffirm Victoria’s reputation as the nation’s sporting capital.

Construction began early in 2022 and will be completed by the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Page last updated 24 Jun 2022
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