New AFL precinct for Sydney’s Inner-West
The federal Government has allocated $500,000 to create a new AFL precinct in St Lukes Oval , Concord – with Drummoyne Power, the Concord Giants and the Canada Bay Cannons to jointly share the new facilities.
The initial funding allocation, announced today by the Member for Reid, Hon Craig Laundy MP, is a recognition of the growth of AFL across NSW, particularly in Sydney’s inner-west.
The AFL NSW/ACT will provide an additional six figure allocation towards the upgrade, with further funding from the City of Canada Bay and the three junior footy clubs.
While the City of Canada Bay will continue to provide Drummoyne Power Junior AFL with full access to Drummoyne Oval and Five Dock Park, the new St Lukes Oval facility will open up increased training and playing opportunities.
Concord Giants has outgrown its Goddard Park base and move to St Lukes Oval in April 2017.
Announcing the funding boost at Goddard Park today, Mr Laundy said the funding will facilitate the completion of phase one of the proposed works including a refurbished amenities block, goal posts and ground lights.
“The popularity of AFL is fast growing in the inner west, and the financial support from the Turnbull Government that I am able to announce today will support our local clubs with some outstanding new facilities.” Mr Laundy said.
“Our young AFL players are the sports stars of the future and improved facilities at St Lukes Oval will allow the players to have fun, stay fit and healthy and kick some great goals for our community.
“I am thrilled to be able to yet again demonstrate how the Turnbull Coalition Team is actively supporting our local communities and investing in our local sporting infrastructure.”
Drummoyne Power President Jeremy Stanwix said there had been a huge increase in the number of children playing AFL in the past few years – particularly with the introduction of a Youth Girls competition.
“Participation in Junior, Youth and Women’s AFL in this region has grown from 400-plus players in September 2013 to 600-plus players as at April 2016.
“Current growth projections show the number of teams growing by 100 per cent plus from 2015 to 2019, with almost 800 players expected to be participating in Junior, Youth and Women’s AFL by 2019,” Mr. Stanwix said.
Concord President and Canada Bay Cannons Board Member Andrew Baxter said the new AFL precinct will be “a place that the coaches and players will be proud to call home with a new playing surface and better change rooms”.
“The new facility will be capable of hosting all games and training from U5s through to youth in one convenient location.”
Drummoyne Power, the Concord Giants and the Canada Bay Cannons gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the federal Government and, in particular, the assistance of the federal Member for Reid, the Hon Craig Laundy.
The clubs would also like to thank the AFL NSW/ACT, who was represented at the announcement today by CEO Sam Graham; and the City of Canada Bay for their contributions to the new AFL precinct.