Lyndhurst Football and Netball Club in Melbourne’s south east isn’t like other sporting clubs, and it’s for all the right reasons.
Born in 2009, the now 500-member strong organisation has a big dream when it comes to its female footy players — that is, for them to one day play AFL.
“Our club is all inclusive,” Lyndhurst FNC President Andrew King, who was instrumental in the club’s creation eight years ago, tells Mamamia.
“Our community is in the heart of suburbia. We’ve got people of all races, all ages. Most households have two incomes and big mortgages, and we want to give everyone equal opportunity, especially women.”
So what exactly does that entail? Well, Lyndhurst has a grand plan to provide mums with babysitting services during Saturday games so women can fully get involved in the sport they love.
“We started up a women’s team this year and we want to give as many of our community members the opportunity to play,” Andrew says.
“We thought it’d be great to raise funds for organised child minders.”
It's a mammoth commitment, one that will cost the club approximately $26,860 per year.
“The idea to have babysitters came from me," the father-of-five admits.