5-Year Licence Deal for Drummoyne Oval
In another positive development for AFL in Sydney’s inner-west, for the first time in its history, Drummoyne Power Junior AFL has received a five year licence to use Drummoyne Oval.
The club has previously had to renew the licence on an annual basis, and the switch to a five year licence provides the Club with security and stability as it continues to grow its membership.
Thanking the City of Canada Bay, Drummoyne Power President Jeremy Stanwix said the announcement had come at an exciting time for AFL in Sydney’s inner western suburbs. The news comes just days after the announcement that St Lukes Oval will be redeveloped as an AFL precinct – for use by Drummoyne Power; neighbouring Club, Concord Giants Junior AFL; and the youth Club Alliance between Power and Giants, known as the Canada Bay Cannons. It also follows the decision by the AFL NSW/ACT to fund the placement of AFL goal posts in 100 schools – approximately 50 around Sydney and the rest in rural and regional NSW.
“While we are fortunate to have permanent access to Five Dock Park and – from April 2017 – St Lukes Oval, Drummoyne Oval has always been the jewel in the crown; our spiritual home, so to speak.
“The first-rate facilities at Drummoyne Oval make us the envy of all other junior AFL Clubs in Sydney… and quite a few senior clubs,” Mr. Stanwix said.
He said it was important to preserve facilities such as Drummoyne Oval for use by grassroots sporting clubs.
“Over the past five years, Drummoyne Power has doubled in size and now has approximately 500 players from U5—U18. One of the biggest areas for growth has been in Youth Girls AFL, and Drummoyne Power was at the forefront of establishing a Youth Girls competition.
“The Drummoyne Power Club is now in a position to be able to plan for future growth with some sense of certainty, knowing that Drummoyne Oval will be our primary base until at least 2021.
“With approximately 500 players now, that means more than 300 families use Drummoyne Oval on a weekly basis during the AFL season. We expect that number to double again over the period of the five-year licence agreement.
“This extended licence agreement is testament to the commitment of the City of Canada Bay, former Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, current Deputy Mayor Helen McCaffrey and General Manager Gary Sawyer to providing green space for junior sports – it is an investment in the health and well-being of children in the local area.” Mr. Stanwix said. “I also acknowledge the work of Drummoyne Power’s board members – past and present – and the Club’s Life Members.”