Victorian Government funding to deliver plans for Home of the Matildas at La Trobe University

Football Victoria is delighted that the Victorian Government has committed to funding the next step towards the establishment of a world class Home of the Matildas facility at La Trobe University, Bundoora.

The Victorian Government has today announced it will provide $1.5 million to undertake planning and design for both the Home of the Matildas and a State Rugby Union Centre.

The goal of Football Victoria is that phase one of the facility will be ready in advance of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, an event being staged in Australia and New Zealand for the very first time.

That would enable the Matildas to enter the venue in the months leading up to the tournament and prepare for their quest to claim Australia’s first ever World Cup trophy.

Last year, FV received $200,000 from the Victorian Government for a feasibility study, along with a $15 million commitment from the Federal Government towards construction.

FV has been driving the Home of the Matildas project for over two years and outgoing Chief Executive Peter Filopoulos said he was delighted to secure the backing of the Victorian Government for the crucial planning works.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to partner with the State Government on this project and to have their financial backing for this initial stage means we can get the ball rolling,” he said.

“If we have the first phase built in time for the 2023 World Cup it would give our girls the best chance of success.”

“Further, this facility will serve as the future headquarters of Football Victoria and be the home of all high-performance programs for women, men, girls and boys.”

“In particular, I personally want to thank the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, the Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence, the Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams and Premier Daniel Andrews for their continued support along the journey. It is clear they share our vision of a fantastic female football future.”
Matildas star Sam Kerr said her Matildas teammates were thrilled about the prospect of having a world class facility to call their own.

“This is wonderful news for the Westfield Matildas and the prospect of having a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for our use is very exciting,” she said.

“The team loves playing in Melbourne and we really look forward to having a dedicated base where we can train and prepare for matches.”

Filopoulos acknowledged La Trobe’s unbending commitment to deliver a world class football environment.

“La Trobe University has already grown a wonderfully successful partnership with Melbourne City and adding the Home of the Matildas means La Trobe will soon be regarded as Australia’s undisputed home of footballing excellence.”

FV President Kimon Taliadoros said this announcement demonstrated the game’s desire to deliver for all Victorians. 

“Our FootbALLWays strategy puts women and girls at the forefront of our thinking and planning. The Home of the Matildas is symbolic of that commitment,” he said.

“With the Victorian Government stepping up to deliver the planning and design funding, we’re well on the way to hitting our timelines to deliver a facility that will be the envy of world football.”