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AFLBH makes room for ladies

Wednesday, 10th September, 2014

Darren Simpson with Peter Nash at the entrance to the new change facility for female umpires. Darren Simpson with Peter Nash at the entrance to the new change facility for female umpires.

The recently created female change facility at the Jubilee Oval was officially opened by Darren Simpson, the State Football Operations Manager for AFL NSW/ACT, during his visit to Broken Hill for the Lionel Johnston

Medal. AFL Broken Hill was successful in securing a Joss Group and AFL Community Facility Grant for 2014, with both bodies contributing $5,000 each towards the project.

AFL BH has invested a further $14,000 including in kind support to complete the project which included a new gas hot water system that services all the change rooms.

"The Joss Group offers ten grants per year from hundreds of applications across the State so we are most grateful for the support from both the Joss Group and AFL NSW," said local Board Chairman Peter Nash.

Mr Simpson said the application was very thorough with initial design plans and quotations, and follow up data was requested to demonstrate the importance of the project.

"Women's football is growing rapidly in NSW and this facility will undoubtedly encourage more women to become involved as umpires as they retire from playing,"
Mr Simpson said.

"Across the State we are seeing a huge growth in women's football and with it female umpires."

Locally, AFL Broken Hill has four female umpires - one field, one in goals and two running the boundary.

"I am very confident that the numbers will continue to grow from season 2015 now that we have this facility at the Jubilee Oval," Mr Nash said.

"The room also serves as a space if we have an injured female player that requires some privacy to be treated.

"With men preparing to play their games it is important to have this option for club trainers or St John's that attend all our games."

The task of organising all the trades was handled by Steve Quinn who is a volunteer member of the competition committee.

Several volunteers helped in the demolition phase and clearing what was the "dump it" store room for 20 years.

Decades before, the room was the old secretary's office and it still had the old wall phone, which has been kept for our memorabilia collection.

"The finished project is a credit to Steve's commitment to AFL Broken Hill," Mr Nash said.

"He worked with the local trades to ensure we received value for our investment and the investment of the Joss Group and AFL NSW."

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