The Waves Sports Club is set to open it purpose-built female-friendly $1.5 million sports facilities within two weeks.
The female-friendly sports facilities are part of the The Waves 10-year Sports Complex Masterplan, a project that includes thoughtfully multiple female-friendly changerooms (designed to cater for any gender, age or ability, referred to as universal design), female-friendly referee rooms and a parent’s room.
The Waves chief executive Brendan Royall said the $1.5 million project, supported by a $500,000 State Government grant, would further support and enable junior and senior females throughout the Wide Bay region to participate and thrive in a variety of outdoor sports.
“Completion of the project has elevated The Waves Sports Club to a position of being the only local venue that is able to host five football, rugby league and/or rugby union games played under lights at the same time,” Mr Royall said.
“This development was forecast to increase traffic and revenue to the local economy.
“It’s already achieving exactly that, as seen with the 2019 Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League (QISSRL) Confraternity Shield which saw over 5000 visitors arrive to the region and make good use of our fields and these new amenities during that week.”
Mr Royall said The Waves Sports Club was affiliated with 16 sub-clubs including football (soccer), rugby league (junior and senior), rugby union, AFL, cricket, netball, softball, hockey, lawn bowls (men’s and ladies), bocce, fishing, golf and Italian choir.
Prominent sportswomen to attend opening
The facilities will also include disability and wheelchair accessible amenities, a first-aid room and will be in line-of-sight from the parking area and have sufficient lighting to promote participant safety.
The Waves Sports Club’s female-friendly sports facilities will officially open on Thursday, 24 October at its Thabeban Road Sports Complex with the attendance of prominent sportswomen and female sporting participants from a variety of sporting codes throughout Queensland and the Wide Bay region.
They will speak about what the completed project means to the them and their respective sports.