It’s been 24 hours since yesterday’s multi-million dollar State Government investment announcement, which will fund the upgrade of pitches and club facilities across South Australia.


FFSA spoke with each of the Clubs who’s facilities will be transformed as part of the funding to gage their reaction.

Speaking at the announcement, Adelaide Comets President Jim Tsouvalas says the new, two-storey Clubroom facility at Ellis Park on West Terrace – which will be shared with the Western Districts Athletics Club, offers a sensational opportunity for the Mile End club to grow.

“It’s huge for the Club and everyone involved.”

“The current facilities are really unacceptable, the soccer side of the Club has grown so much – so for us to have a proper facility for mums and dads as well as awards and presentations and training coaches, is massive.”

The investment spreads beyond the suburbs surrounding the CBD, too, with Mt. Barker United receiving funding for two artificial pitches and Clubrooms. Whilst Byrne Park – the home of State League 2 Club Northern Demons in Port Pirie, will have an artificial pitch laid as well.

Demons President, Steve Gadaleta, thanked the State Government in the Port Pirie Recorder, his local MP and the Federation for their contributions in securing the grant.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT The Virtus Soccer Club, home of the Northern Demons, is absolutely delighted to announce that it has secured $1.1 million in funding from the State Government to completely refurbish Byrne Park, which will include a state-of-the-art synthetic pitch. The funding includes allocations for a new grandstand, change rooms and medical facilities, canteen, new training pitches, a new 'mini' clubhouse, and replacement of the current natural turf main pitch with a state-of-the-art natural feel synthetic pitch. The new pitch and facilities will be the only ones of their kind in the Mid North and will make Byrne Park the most advanced regional football (soccer) ground in South Australia. The club has issued a short joint statement to express its delight at the news: 'The Board of the Northern Demons wishes to place on record its sincere gratitude to the State Government, in Particular Geoff Brock MP (State Minister for Regional Development) and Tom Koutsantonis MP, for this vital funding. The Board itself should be congratulated for its tireless efforts in presenting its valuable case to our political leaders. The forthcoming redevelopment of Byrne Park not only secures the future of football (soccer) in Port Pirie, but ensures that the Northern Demons and the city of Port Pirie will continue to be well-presented on the state and potentially national stage. Our club plays at the highest professional level of any sporting club or code in the city and the wider Mid North, and we will continue to provide a pathway to regional players to reach their highest possible heights in football'. Further details about the redevelopment will be released in due course. #WeAreVirtus

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President of White City Football Club. Andrew Popovich, had this to say about the facility upgrade to take place at Seaton Park Primary School, where his Club’s juniors ply their trade.

“It gives the little kids an opportunity, all the had work that’s been put in feels justified with the announcement.

“There’s a reason why we’re doing this and it’s so future generations will obviously benefit,” he said.

“We’d like to thank of course the Labor Government because without them it wouldn’t be possible, and Steven Mullighan our local MP as well.

“We’re really appreciative of all the support that we’ve received for this project.”

White City FC Beograd and Seaton Park Primary School will get four new soccer pitches and lighting with $1.4m from the State Government.This is a fantastic State Budget initiative to benefit students, the club and the whole community.As a local politician in the western suburbs, I'm proud to be part of a Government that supports local sporting clubs and prioritises local communities with initiatives such as this one.

Posted by Stephen Mullighan MP on Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Presidents from each of North Eastern MetroStars, Cumberland United, The Cove FC and Mt. Barker have all sent through words on behalf of their Club and its community below.

Andrew Perrone, MetroStars President

This investment will go a long way to addressing the growing pressures facing the club to cater for the increasing participation in the sport. Open space for team sport is a luxury. This funding will maximise utilisation on our footprint and raise the standard for our kids. On behalf of the 330 kids, 50 seniors and 600 plus parents and volunteers we say thank you to the State Govt, FFSA and Local Council for working together to commit to such funding projects that will provide benefits that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Tom Schoen, Cumberland United President

Cumberland United are ecstatic with the funding announcement. The upgrade to the playing surface via an artificial pitch at AA Bailey Reserve means so much to the Club and for football in the community moving forward. On behalf of the Club, I wish to thank Tom Koutsantonis MP and Michael Carter for their work with this process and their assistance with developing football in South Australia; it is a very exciting time for Cumberland United and football in our State.

Leo De Pretis, The Cove FC Chairman

The Cove FC is absolutely ecstatic with the announcement today of funding
approval for a new $5 million dollar facility to be built on Majors Rd, O’Halloran Hill.
We are grateful for the support shown by the State Government, local council
and the FFSA. This stadium will be a fantastic asset in the south and our club will
benefit greatly in our ability to host all Junior and Senior grades. A fantastic reward
for all our players, members and respective families. Go Cove!

Brendan Stone, Mt Barker United President

As a club, we are really excited and looking forward to the developments in the Mount Barker area and are thankful towards all levels of Government for their assistance, including the hard work from the FFSA. As a club that has grown significantly in the last few years, not just in player numbers but also the leagues that we compete in, this announcement will allow us to continue to grow to allow even more residents of the Mount Barker district to play football, no matter what age, gender or ability level – and no matter the weather!