The increasing number of girls and women playing soccer in Sutherland Shire is acknowledged in one of three state government sporting facilities grants totalling more than $1.4 million.
Cronulla Seagulls Football Club will receive $256,750 to assist in adding new female change rooms and to improve access to the clubhouse for people with disability.
Cronulla MP and Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the club had "a fast-growing female membership base".
The biggest grant of $1 million goes to Sutherland Shire Council to upgrade lighting at Heathcote Oval to Australian training and competition standards.
Heathcote MP Lee Evans said the project lighting upgrade would cover one AFL field, two soccer fields, one baseball field and eight netball courts.
The upgrade will also benefit dog owners, because the council recently decided to convert four of the six grass netball courts into an off-leash dog park.
The remaining grant of $179,091 is to St John Bosco Youth Club - Football Club to give its 25-year-old clubhouse a makeover.
The club room area will be expanded to make it more functional and provide weather protection for the use of members, guests and the public.
The grants are from round one of the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund.
The funding project is designed to stimulate local economies, boost employment and promote healthy lifestyles across greater Sydney by providing grants to councils, local sporting bodies, NSW state sporting organisations, state sporting organisations for people with disability, national sporting organisations and private enterprises.
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