Northern suburbs football kicks a goal with $12.8 million home

2 April 2019|Sport| Off Comments off on Northern suburbs football kicks a goal with $12.8 million home|

FOOTBALL Federation Tasmania chief executive officer Matt Bulkeley and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie have announced $12.8 million in Federal Government funding for the construction of a Northern Suburbs Junior Football Hub.

The announcement is a “game-changer” for football in the region, with the new facilities set to boost participation in the sport and transform the Glenorchy area.

“A centralised hub at North Chigwell will help accommodate existing and future participation growth in football and facilitate improved community and health outcomes in the area,” Mr Bulkeley said.

“In particular for the children and families in the northern suburbs.”

Mr Bulkeley said football had enormous capacity for growth in the Glenorchy area with more than 18 per cent of the population being aged between zero and 14.

“Metro FC is a growing club across all areas – they will have two senior women’s teams this year alone, together with men’s, youth and junior teams,” he said.

“New facilities for them will make it a much more comfortable environment for all players – male and female, given the availability of multiple changerooms.”

Mr Bulkeley said having centralised facilities would also provide additional benefits.

“The new hub will enhance the game day atmosphere, with hundreds of children playing football at the same time in the same location increasing community engagement and togetherness,” he said.

“The new facilities at North Chigwell will also allow for even more local community and sporting groups to access facilities without needing to travel too far away from home.”

Mr Wilkie said he hoped the upgrades would let football in Tasmania realise its full potential.

“Regular access to good quality grounds is the biggest barrier to growth for many teams in Tasmania,” he said.

“Having a centralised facility for soccer will be fantastic for Glenorchy.

“It will get more young people involved, and especially help single parent families with more than one child get to multiple sporting commitments in the one day.”

When completed the Northern Suburbs Junior Football Hub will consist of five separate pitches, with two of them being a synthetic surface.

“These synthetic pitches can also be used for other sports like touch football, AFL, 9s, Gaelic football, lacrosse and gridiron,” Mr Wilkie said.

“In addition, the new facility will have high-quality lighting, new female-friendly changerooms, function centre, spectator stand and increased car parking.”

Caption: Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, Metro FC president Darrin Chaffey, Mayor of Glenorchy City Council Kristie Johnston and Football Tasmania chief executive officer Matt Bulkeley inspect the plans for the Northern Suburbs Football Hub.

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