Diamond Valley United receive $650,000 facility upgrade boost

Diamond Valley United are set to receive new female-friendly change rooms in the coming weeks, after receiving a significant amount of funding from Banyule City Council and the Victorian Government.

The local council has put $400,000 towards the upgrades at Partington Flats, whilst the Victorian Government has put forward $250,000 through their World Game Facilities Fund.

The works are set to begin in the next couple of weeks, with the upgrades to be ready for the new season in 2022.

President of Diamond Valley United, Mark O’Shea, explained the growth of the female side of the game at the club helped the cause for the eventual upgrades to the clubrooms.

“The overall push for female facilities was pretty much driven by the local Banyule Council,” O’Shea told Soccerscene.

“The team at Banyule Council came down to speak with us, and asked what we needed as a club around 3-4 years ago. At that time, new changerooms were our number one priority, alongside other facilities which needed to be upgraded.

“Four years ago, we had one female team, but now we have around seven – so I guess the growth over time on the female side of the club drove the council to take action and get the clubrooms upgraded.”

O’Shea believes the upgrades will have a huge benefit for females involved in the club, who don’t feel comfortable in using the amenities currently.

“The changerooms we have been using are about 35 years old and aren’t really female friendly at all,” he said.

“So, we are turning our changerooms from two into four.

“It allows us to have much more appropriate female friendly facilities. They are all currently old-school open showers and females can’t shower there and use the changeroom properly.

“Having the four changerooms will allow us to cope with the number of teams we have on the female side, but also they will be great spaces for everyone at our club.”

The hope is that the new facilities will create new opportunities for the club to further connect with the wider community.

“We share our club with schools and other groups, so having those female friendly facilities opens up some new avenues for us to share our facilities with new community groups and schools,” O’Shea said.

The pandemic has affected the club in recent times, like most sporting organisations across Australia, but a strong rebound is expected according to the club president.

“There’s no way we could afford to do the upgrades ourselves, COVID has had a massive effect on all sporting groups in the last two years,” he said.

“Our numbers have gone down around 30-40% when it comes to juniors, but in saying that we do expect a big bounce back from a lot of kids at the other side of the pandemic.

“I think parents are keen to get kids out of their homes and off their iPads. Having those facilities at our club will also allow us to take on another 5 or 6 more female teams, which is fantastic.”

Alongside the new clubrooms, further upgrades will look to leave Diamond Valley United in good stead in the long term.

“We’ve been working with council and we are looking to do a lighting upgrade which is due for the next financial year,” O’Shea said.

“Following that, we are getting our ground reconfigured and resurfaced. These upgrades will be great for the future of our club.”



Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

White City SC to continue supporting its esteemed youth system

White City Soccer Club are a Serbian Australian community football entity based in south-west Sydney that is a successful recipient of the Local Sport Grant Program.

Founded in 1982, synonymous within the south-west Sydney community, the club has boasted an esteemed grassroots and junior football repertoire.

Driven on the ambition of providing players within the community its rendition of the best possible opportunity.

The development of potential and existing players to grow, prosper and develop their raw ability has been symbolised through the talent WCSC have produced.

Throughout the tremendous contributions the club made within its grassroots programs, which culminated in those players emerging for clubs across the top tiers of Australian Football.

It was through Futsalroo legend Radovan Filipovic, who is most notably the clubs highest achieving alumni, given his contribution to the nation as a Futsalroo captain.

The club have experienced fruitful tenures within football across Sydney, having climbed to the first tier of NSW Football throughout the 1990s.

Currently the club are custodians of the Southern District Football Association, with the spotlight purely on the youth in whom have relished within their respective age-group competitions.

In conjunction with the Fairfield City Council, WCSC have successfully applied and received financial support on behalf of the NSW government, under the Local Sport Grant program initiative.

In accordance to the Local Sport Grant Program website, the club have received a grant of $9,340.00.

The statement in the Local Sport Program Grant website disclosing the following press release:

“By purchasing 4 sets of quality portable goals that can be used by all teams for training and which will facilitate us hosting gala days for juniors.

“We will improve our programs and enhance the experience of all WCSC players and coaches to grow and maintain active sports participation.”

The newly founded financial influx will be targeted towards the investment of portable equipment in which can be used to improve player training sessions, and allow for the facilitation of gala days.

Variety Children’s Charity guiding kids within the community

VCC are a charitable organisation dedicated in pathing a future filled with prosperity for children, regardless of ability or circumstance.

Elevating children who experience disabilities, difficulties and illnesses, VCC act as a support system for those in need when they require it most.

VCC NSW and ACT have invited schools and non-for-profit organisations to apply for a grant of up to $10,000, to allow these respective entity’s to acquire sport equipment.

In an effort to promote accessibility and inclusivity in the community for children aged from birth until early adult-hood, the grant requested must relate directly to the benefit of young citizens within the region of application.

As of 2023, VVC Australia had positively impacted 181,281 kids in need.

The grant of up to $10,000 provided by VCC NSW/ACT has effectively impacted football entities within both regions.

Despite NSW providing funding to 579 successful sporting entity’s across the state under the Local NSW Sports Grant umbrella, the opportunity for further or a newly established influx of finance has the capacity to occur.

New training equipment, coaching and player development programs are attainable by such community clubs who are fuelled by volunteers.

Acknowledging the ever-growing participation of football amongst young participants within the NSW and ACT, a grant can always enable a club of any level to prosper.

Through the installation of new equipment and development programs, young participants become further involved, immersed and tantalized by the idea of football.

Confidence is instilled through the natural progression of each youth participant, equating to better outcomes related to the improvement of a players technical ability, fitness and skill-level.

Culminating in football entity’s growing through the newly reinvigorated youth teams.

Although the grant may not be of large proportions, the ripple effect it may have upon a club has the potential to lay upon a new foundation of a clubs success moving forward.

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