WIN FOR FOOTY UMPIRES IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Western Region Football League Umpires Association, Seddon Auskick and Seddon Cricket Club can look forward to a brighter future thanks to new floodlights at Yarraville’s Hanmer Reserve.

Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan joined local club representatives and Maribyrnong City Council today to officially open the new lighting facilities.

Record numbers of people in Melbourne’s west are signing up to play sports like footy and cricket – and they deserve modern and inclusive facilities.

Inspired by the success of the inaugural Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) and Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), there has been a boom in new women’s and girls’ teams on the park this year.

It means we need more umpires than ever before. And just like local grassroots clubs, the number of umpires in the Western Region Football League Umpires Association is soaring.

The association now supports and trains more than 320 umpires and a growing junior base of more than 225 umpires aged 11 to 18.

Four new light towers, providing training and match practice lighting to Australian Standards, gives them room to grow and the flexibility they need to train more often and safely, later into the evening.

The new lights will also open up the reserve to more night training and competition as football participation and the demand for facilities across the inner West increases.

The Andrews Labor Government invested $70,000 to complete this important project through our $110 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan

“Proud associations like the Western Region Football League Umpires Association have been a breeding ground for many top VFL and AFL umpires.”

“We’re giving them the facilities they deserve and need to cater for soaring demand for footy umpires of all ages in the west.”

“The new lighting gives the umpires association and other sports the flexibility they need to train and perfect their skills day and night.”