Jasmine and Jazlyn will be members of the first Langwarrin Football Netball Club senior women’s football team when the new pavilion is built.
Some of Frankston City’s oldest sporting clubs will soon be in the newest of homes with a $6.5 million centrepiece pavilion in Lloyd Park Reserve getting the green light. The Federal Government has committed $3 million towards the development, adding to Frankston City Council’s $3.5 to ensure the project is fully funded.
Lloyd Park is home to the Langwarrin Football Netball Club, Langwarrin Junior Football Club, Langwarrin Junior Netball Club, Langwarrin Cricket Club and Langwarrin Tennis Club. LFNC president Norm Whiteside said that in the club’s 100th year, life members were still enjoying the senior clubrooms they had helped build in 1970, but these were now hampering growth. “I expect there’ll be some trepidation when the rooms are demolished,” Mr Whiteside said. “However, it will be for nostalgic reasons only.
“We haven’t taken on women’s teams in the senior football club to date because of the antiquated clubhouse. However, with growth within our junior club, we’ll realise a senior women’s team as the new pavilion is handed over sometime mid-2023. We’ve got four girls’ teams in the juniors and the eldest is under-16s, so we expect now that they will be able to transition into the new building when the red ribbon gets cut.”
In a statement, the council said the pavilion would enable clubs to meet current and future demand for membership and participation, particularly by female players, with Langwarrin Cricket Club planning for its first women’s team next year. A kiosk, four change rooms with female-friendly amenities, two umpires’ rooms, public toilets and two first aid rooms will connect teams and supporters with the fields on the ground floor. The first floor will include a social room and meeting room, with a kitchen and toilets to support events. The second storey will have sweeping views of the main oval and across to two other ovals. Accessibility will be a priority with an internal lift, new carparks and extended pavement areas. Work already completed at the reserve includes lighting on three ovals and new netball courts.
“It will be one of the best on the Peninsula as far as sporting facilities go,” Mr Whiteside said. “We’ve played at lots of grounds and there’s nothing like this. It will be the jewel in the crown.”