THE Glenorchy Knights Football Club finally has its sights set on a permanent home thanks to a $1 million funding boost from the Federal Government.
The Glenorchy-based club, which was established more than 60 years ago, will now see the transformation of its existing Football Federation Tasmania facility at KGV into a multi-purpose facility with vibrant new clubrooms.
The project will involve the construction of a new viewing area for all spectators to enjoy, a function room, office space, as well as fully upgraded kitchen, kiosk and bar facilities.
Glenorchy Knights Football Club president Tony Bacic said over time, the club would also look to upgrade the facilities at its grounds at Prince of Wales Bay, which was used by its youth teams and for development programs.
“These new facilities will not only provide Glenorchy Knights with the infrastructure we require to meet the needs of our ever-expanding player and supporter base, it also represents a much-needed upgrade to the ageing facilities at KGV to the benefit of all Tasmanian football lovers,” he said.
“In that regard, this initial investment will form the first part of an overall investment strategy for the redevelopment of the facilities at KGV, including the much-needed expansion of the changerooms, as well as the upgrade of other facilities.
“We are very excited that this will truly make KGV the contemporary headquarters for Football Federation Tasmania and directly benefit thousands of players, coaches, referees and volunteers each year.”
Independent Federal Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie, who helped secure the funding, said the Glenorchy Knights were a “great club” that had been an important part of the greater Hobart community for more than 60 years.
He said it was great to see the redevelopment of the KGV community precinct being realised.
The grant announcement adds to the $120,000 grant in 2011 for the development of a business case, and the $8.7 million grant in 2012 for the rebuild of the Glenorchy Football Club building into a multi-user community centre, resurfacing of the soccer ground with a synthetic pitch, and construction of a new display hall at the Tasmanian Transport Museum.
“I’m a strong advocate for Government support for sports and sporting infrastructure,” Mr Wilkie said.
“Children in particular need access to healthy sports in safe environments run by good role models.
“Clubs like the Glenorchy Knights are the lifeblood of communities and it’s so important that they have a permanent home with the highest standard of facilities.”
Mr Bacic said Glenorchy Knights would work closely with Football Federation Tasmania to ensure that an “efficient, coordinated approach” was taken to realising the redevelopment vision for KGV Football Park.
Caption: Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie with Glenorchy Knights Football Club players and members. Photo credit: Walter Pless.