Forest Green Rovers reveal next stage of Eco Park

Forest Green Rovers and Ecotricity have revealed the next stages of the long-awaited Eco Park development.

The plan for Rovers’ new home includes the all-wooden 5000 seat stadium for FGR – approved in December 2019. The use of land on both sides of the A419 will also feature a green tech business park. The site will cater for 38k sq metres of office space and 18k sq metres of industrial space, designed to host companies working in the zero carbon economy.

The development will contribute around $286m to the local economy annually, while generating $3.8m per year in business rates for Stroud District Council.  The full plan aligns with proposed changes to the local idea, and the district council and Gfirst LEP’s intention is to bring green industries and knowledge-intensive sectors into the M5 growth zone.

Ecotricity will also build a comprehensive new training facility at Eco Park for Forest Green, that is recognised by both the United Nations and FIFA as the world’s greenest football club.

The new training complex will bring together the youth, academy, women’s and first team together, and has already secured the backing of Forest Green Rover’s partner, Candriam – the global leader in sustainable investing.

The plans will improve the habitat on site, with a biodiversity net gain of almost 12% from its existing green fields. The stadium will be enclosed in a parkland setting with more than 2km of new hedgerows, several thousand new trees and wetland, and the return of the canal.  The site is also expected to self-generate over 80% of all energy used.

Founder of Ecotricity and Chairman of Forest Green Rovers, Dale Vince:

“With Eco Park we’ll be able to properly push the boundaries of sustainable development. The beating green heart of this project will be the lowest carbon football stadium in the world ever, at least since the Roman’s invented concrete – which is fitting given we’ve got Roman remains on the site,” he said.

“We’re hoping to get to work on training facilities in the next couple of months – and ultimately create a fantastic facility for all elements of the FGR football family to train together.”

Soccerscene celebrates sixth-year anniversary

Soccerscene is celebrating its sixth anniversary as Australia’s business-to-business publication for the football community.

Since its inception, Soccerscene has committed to the highest standards of reporting on the most pressing topics surrounding the world of sports business. We have been the first port of call for potential buyers and sellers and deliver all the first-hand news – including interviews, discussions, product reviews, case studies and insight into all facets of the growing Australian and international football market.

Here at Soccerscene, we can’t celebrate six years without thanking all our readers, followers and the numerous industry and club communities for helping us along the way.

Special thanks goes to our major partners including Football Coaches Australia, Professional Footballers Australia and Box2Box – your constant support has been crucial to all we have achieved over these last six years.

Thank you to everyone and we are excited for the future years ahead in this constantly developing industry – from all us at Soccerscene.

South-East Victorian club grant recipients to thrive

Throughout the duration of 2024, states across the nation have showcased commitment towards the growth of community sport through various grant initiatives.

Community sport and recreational entities have been given the opportunity for funding, via an application granted on behalf of their respective government.

Victoria, following in the footsteps of NSW, have created and executed the Sporting Club Grants Program, providing funding for community sport and active recreation organisations across the south-eastern regions of Victoria.

South Eastern metropolitan MP Lee Tarlamis confirmed via social media which applicants were successful acquiring the grant.

Multiple variating facets of sporting bodies were successful within their application. Scouting groups, sports clubs, and other recreational organisations were featured within recipients list.

Football clubs within the south-east district were also featured, including FC Noble Hurricanes and Cranbourne United Soccer Club.

Football growth within Victoria has experienced a significant rate in growth, especially in female participation following the Women’s World Cup 2023.

A true emphasis on the global variation of football within the state has become symbolic throughout the growth it has experienced in recent memory.

With the international women’s and men’s sides both on the precipice tangible success, the sport continues to find financial support from the government.

Within the south-east region of Victoria, two clubs who are relishing the forecasted influx of participants now have the opportunity for financial support.

The new wave of monetary gain is compulsory in aiding and assisting football clubs in growth across multiple areas.

Newly constructed facilities, training equipment, and the acquisition of highly regarded football administrators, coaches and personnel can all be achieved by these clubs within their development stages.

The collaboration and networking with established clubs within the region has the capacity to exist, with the potential of player scouting programs having the potential to come to fruition.

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