There’s no shivering on cold, wet, windswept benches when you turn up at Frances to watch a game of netball.
The tiny town, south-east of Bordertown on the Victorian border, now boasts a purpose-built facility where players and families and friends can relax and watch in comfort.
Think hot showers, toilets, changerooms, room for bubs and kids to spread out and play… even yoga and circuit classes for the really keen!
The half-a-million-dollar project was kickstarted by the Border Districts Netball Club, once it became obvious the old facilities weren’t up to scratch. (The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing chipped in almost $350,000 under its Female Facilities Program.)
Since the upgrade, at the Frances Recreation Reserve, the number of mothers participating in sports at the centre has increased; so has the number of junior netballers.
There’s also been plenty of interest from nearby towns, and from other sports codes like tennis, as well as organisers of local school activities.
The extra space inside also means year-round, all-weather training is now possible: no more shivering in the cold and wet outside for players either!
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