Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence has awarded more than $4.9 million in grants to 13 projects through the World Game Facilities Fund, to add to total project values of over $28 million coming through the fund.

Projects are focused on grassroots football facilities, such as lighting, changeroom and pitch overhauls at the Wonthaggi United, Hume Spears and Yarraville Glory football facilities.

Since 2018, the World Game Facilities Fund has paid almost $10 million into football clubs across the state, with Victoria held aloft as one of the best performing states in securing football infrastructure funding, thanks in part to strong lobbying from Football Victoria.

“We’re on the hunt for the next Sam Kerr or Tim Cahill and we’re all inspired by what our Matildas have achieved already – this funding will give grassroots football the support it deserves," Spence said.

“We’re making sure that women and men, and girls and boys, of all abilities have the facilities they need to play the sports they love.”

“This is such fabulous news for Wonthaggi United and all clubs in the Gippsland Soccer League," Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale said.

“New A-grade facilities, lighting and change rooms will grow this great game, get more women and girls on the pitch and will match the talent and inclusive focus of this proud club.”