MEMORIES of changing in toilets and cars will soon be  distant ones for the Wonthaggi United Soccer Club’s female players.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence announced a $500,000 funding boost from the World Game Facilities Fund for a new pavilion and lighting at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.

Making the announcement via a virtual briefing on Saturday morning, Minister Spence said the $850,000 works would feature female-friendly change rooms, a referees’ room, accessible toilet, and other facilities.

“The Wonthaggi United Soccer Club will finally have a pavilion to cater for the growing number of junior and female players,” Ms Spence said.

WUSC women’s team member, Laura Matthews, welcomed the news, recalling her junior playing days when she had to change in public toilets or cars.

“Now we can change in the rooms and promote a safe and supportive and inclusive environment,” Laura said.

Female-friendly facilities will be a feature of the new Wonthaggi United Soccer Club pavilion at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve. Photo: Facebook

Bass Coast Shire Council will contribute $350,000 to the works, along with $50,000 from the soccer club.

A council spokesman said the design was ready to go and the project was expected to go out to tender by the end of this year. The lighting upgrade is expected to be completed ready for the start of the 2021 season with the pavilion to be finished mid-season.