Early last year Garden Suburb Football Club (FC) applied for a Community Building Partnership (CBP) grant application to the local State Government to relocate the cricket pitch on their ground at Margaret West Field. This was to allow for a full size realigned football field to be installed instead.
Before applying, Garden Suburb FC worked closely with their local council to see if they were able to get all changes and inclusions approved.
With their help, State Government approved the renovations for $14,850 that allowed them not only to relocate the cricket pitch but to get a new set of goal posts, a 4-metre high fencing on one side of the field and top dressing bare parts of the field.
With moving the cricket pitch it allowed for more football to be played, helping cater for juniors and seniors players. With having the extra pitch, it has also allowed the club to promote female football further allowing female games to be played on Sundays, along with the men.
Jodi Harrison, MP for Charlestown, took the time from her busy schedule to visit the facility of Garden Suburb FC.
Len Allen, President of Garden Suburb FC, and Ross Hicks, Northern NSW Football Club and Referee Development Officer, welcomed Jodi to the facility and provided her with a tour of the fields outlining the improvements completed and soon to be completed due to funding received via the club’s successful CBP grant application.
The NSW CBP program supports projects that encourage community participation, inclusion, and cohesion as well as projects that deliver a positive, social, environmental, inclusive and/or recreational outcomes.
The program offers grants across the State at an individual State Electorate level for the enhancement of community facilities. This funding opportunity generally opens in June each year.
Clubs who engage and work with their local council and State and Federal MPs can now take advantage of the recently announced Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Funding opportunity which is specifically for Football.
With all the changes and work going on, Jodi was also impressed with the AIA Vitality MiniRoos Kick Off for Girls program that was running on the ground.
This program is a perfect introduction to football for young girls or for those girls who wish to keep playing in the offseason. The program provides a safe, fun learning environment comprising a series of fun drills and then playing a game.
For more information on this funding opportunity and facilities in general, please visit our dedicated Football Facilities website.
Northern NSW Football and Garden Suburb FC wish to thank Jodi for her time & look forward to working together to enhance facilities creating long lasting benefits to the local community.