FC Eaglehawk is set to receive lighting and security upgrades at Truscott Reserve thanks to a $219,300 federal government Community Sport Infrastructure grant.
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters applauded the club for negotiating a competitive application process to secure funding.
“One of the reasons this club was successful was because of its commitment to women’s sport,” Ms Chesters said.
The club’s junior women’s participation has swelled to 15 teams from 11 last season and FC Eaglehawk’s women’s senior team is looking as strong as ever according to club president Ben Pengelly.
Mr Pengelly was overjoyed when he was told the club had been successful in their application.
“It was incredible. I was over the moon. A figure such as this going to a local community club shows just how proactive of a club we are,” he said.
The existing lights at Truscott Reserve are more than 20 years old and were originally financed by FC Eaglehawk.
The much-needed upgrades will allow the club to host night matches in the future and attract National Premier League clubs to Bendigo to inspire its juniors.
“We will be applying to have a lot of Saturday night games next year. It gives us the opportunity to have functions after the game and that brings in the community a lot more,” Mr Pengelly said.
The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant supports small to medium scale projects that boost community participation in sport.
The club is hopeful the upgrades will commence shortly, pending the release of funds from council.