Get ahead with the Significant Sporting Events Program

Significant Sporting Events Program

The Victorian Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program has been helping sporting, community and events organisations for the whole financial year.

Now into its fifth round, the program offers funding for football clubs to host and run events, based around the operational costs it takes to get these off the ground.

In its entirety, the following organisations are eligible for funding:

  • National sporting organisations
  • State sporting associations
  • Regional sports assemblies
  • Local government authorities
  • Sport conference organisers
  • Local sporting clubs and associations
  • Private event organisations
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Venues.

Applicants are required to submit their applications at least six months prior to an event, so now is the perfect time for National Premier League or grassroots clubs to assess their end of season plans or celebration – such as an awards night – and make the most of this funding opportunity.

It is encouraged to call the Events unit of Sport and Recreation Victoria prior to submitting an application on (03) 9623 1429.

For full details and to apply, click here.

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Ross Reserve Athletics set for practical completion

SPORTENG, in collaboration with the City of Greater Dandenong Council, confirmed that Ross Reserve Athletics is set for practical completion – which involves a brand new synthetic turf football pitch.

In 2021, the Greater Dandenong council announced a mega upgrade of Ross Reserve Athletics in the form of a sporting hub that would feature a brand-new pavilion, swimming complex and skate park on top of the new synthetic turf pitch.

The project included installation of a synthetic grass soccer pitch complete with fencing, two coaches’ boxes and competition grade lighting allowing for night matches and training.

SPORTENG is a leading Australian engineering company creating quality sports facilities to enhance the sporting experience. The company, which started in 2015, have completed 805 projects and were chosen by the City of Greater Dandenong to oversee this huge project.

Using a connection with surface system company Tuff Group, they were able to develop the high quality pitch that will be the home ground for State League 4 side Springvale City Soccer Club who will hugely benefit from an upgraded pitch and facility.

Tuff Group have used VMAX50 Synthetic Turf to design the synthetic pitch after significant collaboration with end users such as football clubs and education facilities to create the perfect football or multipurpose surface.

This system utilises a dual-yarn composition that minimises infill splash whilst ensuring the playing surface is consistent, durable, and of elite quality no matter the circumstance.

VMAX50 is FIFA certified and has a history of providing quality and performance which is an asset.

Greater Dandenong currently takes charge of 14 football fields across the area and have been pretty active in securing major upgrades. In late 2023, they got funding for a $700,000 LED lighting upgrade at George Andrews Reserve, home of Dandenong Thunder.

The overall goal was to create facilities that would initiate a rise in participation and the new pitch along with the other grass fields will help Springvale City Soccer Club’s junior system, giving them a space to use in close proximity to the home ground.

It is an exciting upgrade for Springvale City Soccer Club and other local teams who will be able to play in night matches at Ross Reserve’s new synthetic turf pitch following this important upgrade.

Long-awaited new facility welcomed for NSW football staple

Hurlstone Park Wanderers has unveiled new facilities in which they were desperate to acquire following half a century of operation prior to its last upgrade.

The state-of-the-art sports facility was opened on March 22, 2024 – made possible by City of Canterbury Bankstown Council and Football Canterbury.

Hurlstone Park Wanderers are a club which boasts a rich history amongst football within Australia, and in particular New South Wales. Since it’s inception in 1924, Hurlstone Park Reserve has been sustained by the lifeblood of every sporting body across the globe – it’s fans through relentless volunteering for the club’s upkeep. Ensuring playing surfaces were maintained, alongside ensuring club room operations and hospitality for club representatives, supporters and the visiting opponents.

In 1969 Hurlstone Park Reserve was renamed after local Canterbury mayor John Henry Ewen served as Canterbury mayor within the 1920s. The title for the venue was thus changed to Ewen Park.

As one of Australia’s longest functioning football clubs which are currently celebrating their 100th year of operations, the timing of the unveiling of new facilities at their home stadium could not have been more fitting.

Chief Executive Officer of Football NSW John Tsatsimas showcased the progress made on X for the club stating: “Massive congratulations to the club who have been pursuing this project for about 20 years and are celebrating their 100th year this season! A great outcome for this great club and the football community in the Canterbury Association”.

Within his social media post, it was also acknowledged that Australian football great Jim Fraser was honoured by the Canterbury based club in whom he spent his junior years playing at. The former Socceroo had the club room named in his honour. Tsatsimas labelled the former player as a “massive contributor to the game at all levels…forged a career in our game few have emulated over such a lengthy period of time.”

The new building on display at Ewen Park was made possible through the contribution of Wanderers volunteers who contributed to raising funds for more than two decades to emulate the new facilities. The club was also assisted by NSW Government, and their Greater Cities Sport Facilities Fund Grant.

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