$12.8 million to support junior soccer

7 July 2021|Sport| Off Comments off on $12.8 million to support junior soccer|

JUNIOR soccer players in the northern suburbs will have better facilities to play their sport thanks to a $12.8 million Community Development Grant to the Glenorchy City Council to fund its Northern Suburbs Junior Football Facilities Development (NSJFFD) project.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the funding delivered on a 2019 Government commitment and had been approved after extensive consultation and detailed planning by the Glenorchy City Council.

“Football Tasmania estimates the funding will benefit up to 800 junior players at North Chigwell and provide a modern training and playing hub,” he said.

“Facilities will also be upgraded at KGV.

“This is a chance to replace worn out and outdated facilities and importantly improve the playing surface for our junior footballers, be they potential stars of the game or kids just wanting to have fun in a team sport environment.”

Metro Football Club president Greg Barrett said a junior hub for the northern suburbs at North Chigwell Oval would provide a lot of benefits for families in the area.

“All the games will be played at one oval, so it will give parents with multiple kids who play the sport the chance to see them play rather than run them around to different grounds in the area,” he said.

Glenorchy Acting Mayor Bec Thomas said council was committed to progressing the North Chigwell and KGV projects.

“Sporting infrastructure plays a crucial role in creating well connected, healthy communities,” she said.

“We look forward to working with the football community to make sure the development delivers a high standard facility that can be effectively and efficiently maintained over time.”

The grant is being delivered under the Community Development Grants Program to support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional communities.

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