The growing female ranks of Epping City Football Club can say goodbye to outdated changerooms, with their Duffy Street pavilion set to be upgraded.

The state government will spend $131,000 from its Female Friendly Facilities Fund to upgrade the facilities at Duffy Street Recreation Reserve.

The fund aims to encourage women to take part in sports by providing female-friendly facilities.

Thomastown MP Bronwyn Halfpenny said Epping City has one of the largest female membership bases in Whittlesea.

The pavilion upgrade will provide two unisex changerooms for players and referees.

“More women than ever before are signing up for local sports teams – but too many clubs are being held back by outdated or non-existent facilities,” she said.

The government has also built a new pavilion in Craigieburn, contributing $2 million from its Growing Suburbs Fund.

The pavilion at Aston Recreation Reserve will be used by Craigieburn City Football Club and Craigieburn Cricket Club. It overlooks three soccer pitches, a cricket field and cricket practice facilities, as well as a play space, shelter and barbecue.

Hume mayor Carly Moore said the versatile pavilion was designed to provide a much-needed venue for the soccer and cricket club, while also accommodating local events and meetings.

“Taking part in sport and social activities close to home is a great way to connect with your local community and I encourage residents of all ages to get involved with the sporting groups and activities on offer,” she said.