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New change rooms at Colchester Reserve

New modular buildings will be built at Colchester Reserve in Boronia providing modern change rooms for the huge growth in membership from female and junior players.

The new facilities will include two new female-friendly and accessible change rooms with amenities, a female friendly umpire’s change room and improvements to the existing pavilion.

Colchester Reserve is home to the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club and the Boronia Cricket Club. The development is thanks to additional funding provided from the Victorian Government, Cricket Victoria and the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club.

Council is committed to supporting an active and healthy community and, as the rate of participation in local sport grows, so has the need for better and expanded facilities. Knox has already seen 20 per cent growth in female and junior club membership in 2017-18, with the 12 existing female sporting teams expected to grow to a whopping 116 teams by 2022.

Mayor Jake Keogh said these new facilities will deliver a much needed boost to all clubs that use Colchester Reserve.

‘Prefabricated modular buildings are a fast and cost-effective way to build, and an ideal way to construct facilities like this,’ Mayor Keogh said.

‘We have already delivered modular change rooms at Batterham Reserve and Knox Gardens Reserve which have been really well-received and we anticipate that more community facilities can be built this way in the future.

Cricket Victoria’s Outer East Metro Manager Di Day said they were impressed with the overwhelming growth of women in sport in Knox, contributing to the development of grass roots cricket.

‘Facilities like these modular buildings in Knox support greater participation in sport, especially among juniors and females who are entering team sports in increasing numbers,’ Di said.

‘The tremendous success of young players like Tess really reinforces the importance of investment at the grass roots level, which we’re happy to support,’ Di added.

Knox cricket star Tess makes history

Growing up playing sport at Knox Gardens Reserve, Tess Flintoff became accustomed to changing in the communal change rooms with the boys. ‘That’s just how it was,’ says Tess, who couldn’t be happier about the new change rooms Council are building around Knox.

Tess recently turned 16, making history earlier this year becoming the first female from the Ferntree Gully and District Cricket Association to play for a Victorian XI.

A former Knox Gardens Cricket Club junior, Tess has had a meteoric rise through Cricket Victoria’s High Performance program. Tess was playing locally only four seasons ago, then lead the Under 15 National Championships as Captain of the Victorian Metro team and is now Captain of Victorian Under 18 Women’s Team and plays for Ringwood Rams in the Victorian Premier League.

Last year Tess was selected along with 24 other girls to participate in Cricket Australia’s Under 15 Talent Squad. This gave Tess the opportunity to work with elite coaches from across Australia at the Bupa National Cricket Centre, with access to sport science services including nutrition, strength and sports psychology.

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