Women and girls will be able to pull on the Mernda Demons jumper for free next season, after the club received a $10,000 grant from VicHealth.

The Mernda Football Club was one of seven sports clubs to receive a $10,000 grant from the health promotion foundation.

The club will use the money to cover registration fees and the cost of jumpers, socks and water bottles for female players.

Club junior president Tom Felle said the club was hoping to field an under 10 and under 14 girls side, as well as a women’s team next season.