The Leader today launches The Grass Ceiling campaign calling for a fair go for our sport-loving women and girls.
They deserve proper female changerooms, more courts, better grounds and guaranteed funding, on a par with men’s teams.
Research shows that once young people abandon community sport, it becomes almost impossible to reignite that passion.
And with 25 per cent of Australian children overweight, community sport has never been more important.
Eighty per cent of Bayside’s sporting pavilions in Bayside predate 1960. Most were built at a time when the Government set the female basic wage at 75 per cent of the male wage, and married women could not work in the public service.
Netball, the most popular female grassroots sport, has been hit hardest.
The Black Rock Tigers’ 18 teams (up from 12 teams a year ago) squeeze on to two cracked half-courts for weekly training.
While men brief game strategy and bond in their change rooms, the girls of the Brighton Beach Junior Football Club squeeze into a tiny “women’s” change room with a urinal, while Beaumaris Soccer Club girls don’t even have that — they have to turn up in full kit and pile back into their cars afterwards, dirty and tired.
Writer: Nicholas Payne, Bayside Leader