New State Centre of Football at Gepps Cross to drive participation and excellence

News Release
Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP
Treasurer

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Football Federation South Australia will establish a multi purpose Football facility and headquarters at Gepps Cross as part of a $30 million State Government investment in the State Sports Park.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the State Government will provide $19 million toward the $26 million State Centre of Football, along with $7.7 million to redevelop the Super-drome, $2 million for a BMX training facility and $1 million to upgrade the State Hockey Centre.

Mr Koutsantonis said the State Centre of Football will provide world class facilities to cater for everything from social participation to FFSA education and player pathway programs and establish a venue capable of hosting national and international events.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis stated

“This new facility at Gepps Cross further enhances South Australia’s reputation as the spiritual home of football in Australia.

It is a boost for grassroots football as well because it frees up the Parks and Adelaide Shores for junior football.

It will enable the Football Federation of South Australia to develop the game at a community level while hosting national and international competitions.”

The State Centre of Football will be built on a 15 hectare parcel of land located within the State Sports Park. It will include:

• 3 x synthetic pitches
• 1000 seat grandstand for main pitch
• 2 x 200 seat grandstands for match pitches
• Administration buildings, media facilities and football museum
• Player and Referee Change Facilities and gymnasium
• Kiosk/cafe/bar facilities
• 10 x synthetic outdoor five-a-side pitches
• 3 x multi-use indoor futsal pitches
• Lighting, landscaping, fencing

 

As a result of the project, Fulham United FC will relocate to FFSA’s Adelaide Shores Football Centre to better cater for its 500 juniors.

Meanwhile, Adelaide Olympic FC will consolidate its operations including relocating their juniors to The Parks Football Centre once the new centre is built.

Michael Brown,  candidate for Playford acknowledged the expected future growth of the sport the legacy being developed for local community clubs with infrastructure investment,

“With Australia qualifying for another World Cup, football in South Australia is expected to keep growing, including among women and girls.

This new facility, along with the handover of The Parks and Adelaide Shores Football Centres to community clubs, will ensure there is infrastructure to support this growth.”

FFSA will also establish a Multicultural Centre of Excellence and Leadership Program that will engage migrant youth in education through Football, leading to employment opportunities in coaching, refereeing, catering and facility maintenance.

Candidate for Wright Blair Boyer recognised the impact the facility will have on the local community stating,

“This is a great boost for the northern suburbs and it will help even more young people to be active and lead healthy lives.

By investing in sporting infrastructure like this, we are giving our kids the best opportunity to engage with the community, build social networks and keep fit.”

FFSA Chief Executive Officer Michael Carter was thrilled with the ongoing support of the State Government,

“The State Government is committed to supporting the continued growth in Football and have supported our Football Facilities Development Plan.

Establishing a State Centre for Football will open new opportunities for players, coaches and referees of all ages.

The centre will be a high traffic development designed to cater for social players as a result of the 5 A Side venue to the elite player.

Connecting with local schools, community groups and establishing a Multicultural Centre of Excellence and Leadership Program will be features of the State Centre for Football.”

On a monumental day for the sport, FFSA President Sam Ciccarello further emphasised the importance of developing infrastructure to cater for participation growth and thanked the State Government for their continued support on behalf of the Football Family,

“Today’s funding announcement by the State Government illustrates a strong commitment to improving infrastructure for Football and this will result in an increase in participation across all levels of the code in South Australia.

Having a State Centre for Football will elevate the code in South Australia and provide a venue that all South Australians can be proud of.

On behalf of the entire Football Family, we thank Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and the entire State Government for their continued support of Football in SA”

Candidate for Florey, Rik Morris recognised the flow on effects of this important investment,

“Sport plays an important part in young people’s physical and social development and the flow on effects from this investment in the State Sports Park will be huge.”

Construction of the Centre is estimated to be complete by 2020.

 

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