With $45,000 from the club, $50,000 from the Baw Baw Shire Council, and $100,000 from the state government, it is hoped the new facilities will help encourage the growing number of women playing soccer in Drouin.
The facilities include female-friendly change rooms, showers, and toilets, as well as a new first aid room and all abilities access.
“We put our women’s team together about eight years ago, and for the past eight years they’ve had to get changed either in their car or in the club room, which just didn’t suit anybody,” Drouin Dragons SC president Jason Beer said.
The upgrade was sorely needed, but comes “future-proofed” for Drouin’s fast-growing population.
“It’s our responsibility as the Drouin Dragons Soccer Club to grow with the community,” Jason said.
“At the moment we’ve got a full junior program in the Gippsland Soccer League, and we’ve got the two state teams playing into Melbourne.
“With the population growth and the growth of the club, what we’re looking at as well is expanding our junior program into Melbourne and what we’re going to look at doing next year is putting an Under 18s team into Melbourne as well.”
Damage to the pitch by hoons driving on it on Friday night didn’t stop play on the opening day.