Gurmesh Singh MP


Local football has scored funding in a program that will ensure the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will leave a lasting legacy on NSW.

The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has kicked off the year in winning style by awarding more than $3.1 million for 100 projects that will benefit football at all levels.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said Orara Valley Football Club’s Recruitment and Retention Program had received almost $5,500 for participation initiatives, inspiring the next generation of footballers in our local community.

Their project includes improving coach education, purchasing new equipment, free school holiday clinics and a women’s only introduction football program.

“From girls and boys lacing up their boots for the first time to participants in our elite development programs, local players will benefit from projects funded through the NSW Football Legacy Program,” Mr Singh said.

“Sport is part of the fabric of our community and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this program has on local football, at all levels.”

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said these projects and programs will ensure the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 leaves a lasting legacy for football across the State.

“Having the World Cup on home soil is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will inspire young girls and boys to lace up the boots and emulate their football heroes,” Mr Henskens said.

“With six months to go before the tournament kicks off, there is already an enormous buzz around football and this program will help local clubs capitalise on excitement by running programs that will boost participation in the sport.

“It will also deliver funding to improve infrastructure, creating more modern and accessible facilities for communities across NSW.”

Northern NSW Football Interim CEO Peter Haynes believes the funded projects will boost participation for women and girls.

“Funding this project will improve the football experience of women and girls at Orara Valley Football Club,” Mr Haynes said.

“As we count down to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, there is an enormous buzz around football and NSW Football Legacy Program funding will assist local clubs to leverage the community’s excitement by running projects that will drive interest and ultimately participation in our game.”

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will feature 32 teams competing in 64 matches across Australia and New Zealand during July and August with seven games at Allianz Stadium and four at Accor Stadium, including a Semi Final and the Final.

For further information on fixtures and ticketing, visit the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 website.