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Inclusive: Improving sports facilities will remove barriers to participation. Photo by Julie Mercer

The new community sports infrastructure will need to accommodate everyone to be considered for funding from the Victorian Government.

Community Sports Minister Ros Spence has launched a three-phase initiative that will set minimum standards for access across the state.

The Equitable Access Policy Roadmap aims to ensure that women and girls have access to the best courts or pitches, have facilities of an equal standard and are not relegated to less competitive and training times. practice.

Improving community sports infrastructure for women and girls will also remove barriers to participation.

“The Fair Access Policy Roadmap will deliver better health outcomes for all Victorians, a stronger community sport and recreation sector and fairer use of public sporting assets,” said Ms Spence. .

From July 2024, all Victorian councils will have to ensure equitable access to sports facilities for people of all genders to be considered eligible to receive government infrastructure funding.

The roadmap has three key phases: education, preparation and progress. It is designed for local governments, sports and recreation organizations and other groups that manage public community sports facilities.

In the first phase beginning this year, the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation will provide training, education and support to local councils, peak bodies and facilities to help them implement the roadmap. .

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