PICTURED: Hamilton Olympic FC’s facility development construction.
Five clubs from across Northern NSW have become the latest and final recipients to share over $550,000 through the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund.
Established by the NSW Government in partnership with Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) and Football NSW, with the surplus generated from the 2015 Asian Cup, the fund aimed to provide assistance to football clubs to improve the quality, availability and standard of their facilities.
NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes said the Fund has been an effective source of funding for local football clubs over the past two years.
“In total, the fund has supported 9 projects in our region to assist Clubs and Zones to improve their facilities and provide better experiences for their players, coaches, supporters and volunteers,” Haynes said.
Clubs who were granted funding for projects in round two of the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund include:
> South Cardiff FC to undertake the remediation of the playing surface and lighting at Ulinga Oval;
> Grafton United FC to install new field lighting at Rushforth Park;
> Maitland FC for a facility upgrade including spectator seating and perimeter fencing at Cooks Square Park;
> Hamilton Olympic FC to install new floodlighting at Darling St Oval, and
> Coffs City United FC to upgrade toilets and change room facilities.
Through the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund, NNSWF has enabled Clubs and Member Zones to implement facility enhancement projects totalling over $3 million.
Summary of clubs who were successful in gaining funding through the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund include:
> Cooks Hill United FC – $85,010 grant/total project cost – $175,270
> Great Lakes United FC – $66,420 grant/total project cost – $132,840
> Kempsey Saints – $150,000 grant/total project cost – $629,504
> NIF – $145,875 grant/total project cost – $291,750
> Coffs City United FC – $148,420 grant/total project cost – $494,866
> Grafton United FC – $116,671 grant/total project cost – $442,546
> Maitland FC – $79,281 grant/total project cost – $160,577
> South Cardiff FC – $135,916 grant/total project cost – $506,916
> Hamilton Olympic FC – $72,407 grant/total project cost – $268,182
“While the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund was a finite source of funding, it demonstrated an effective way for clubs to achieve much-needed football facility enhancement projects,” Haynes continued.
“Due to the success of the Asian Cup Legacy Fund, Northern NSW Football will establish our own Fund to continue the great work.
“We expect to launch the Northern NSW Football Facilities Fund later this year with similar objectives of improved quality, availability, accessibility and safety of football facilities,” Haynes concluded.