Tuesday, May 28, 2024

New Toormina sports amenities open

New accessible female change rooms, storage spaces and accessible pathways at Toormina Oval have been officially opened today by Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor, Paul Amos and Gurmesh Singh MP.

“Council was delighted to provide facilities that encourage more people to take up and enjoy sport,” said Mayor Amos.

“The recent Commonwealth Games was a great example of how women and people with disabilities’ participation in sport is on an equal footing with men and it’s up to us to ensure we do what we can to give everyone access to sport opportunities.

“Local grassroots sporting grounds are where the medal-winners of the future start their journey.”

Sawtell Football Club, North Coast Football’s largest soccer club with around 550 members, will be the main beneficiaries of the new facilities, but cricket and Little Athletic participants are also regular users of the ground.

“We have seen a significant growth in female player numbers at Sawtell FC from 32% of total players in 2021 to 36% of players in 2022,” said Club President, Simon Portus.

“Across the North Coast Football region female players make up on average 28% of total registrations. 

“This growth is due to a number of factors and the female change rooms are definitely a part of that. Most of our club’s growth in female players has been in senior football (17 – 30yr olds) and these are the players that use the change rooms the most. In 2022 we have had 31 senior women players register as compared to 14 in 2021.”  

Council contributed $408,000 to the project while the NSW Government provided $215,823 through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Council has also installed new public toilets on the site at a cost of $303,000 – another key upgrade for the overall precinct masterplan.

Member for Coffs Harbour, Gurmesh Singh said he’s proud the NSW Government has supported Council in its delivery of the new facilities.

“Sport plays a massive role in making the Coffs Coast a great place to live and it’s extremely important to provide the very best facilities for all participants,” said Mr Singh.

“The new accessible female change rooms and other improvements at Toormina Oval are first class and demonstrate the positive difference which community sporting upgrades bring to people’s lives.”

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