Heidelberg United’s Olympic Park to receive a further $7.5 million in funding

The State Labor Government is contributing $4.5 million to stages 3 and 4 of redevelopment at Olympic Park, alongside $3 million from Banyule City Council.

Olympic Park, home of National Premier League club Heidelberg United, will receive a combined $7.5 million in funding from local and state governments to continue improvements and development of facilities. 

Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Community Sport and Youth, Ros Spence, announced during a press conference at Olympic Park on Friday that the State Labor Government would contribute $4.5 million to stages 3 and 4 of redevelopment at the ground, alongside a $3 million contribution from Banyule City Council.

“These important projects will deliver local jobs in the short term and top-notch facilities for passionate sportspeople for decades to come,” Spence said.

“It’s vital that clubs can provide modern facilities for existing and prospective members – whether they are players, coaches, administrators, or supporters.”

These plans include the expansion of current infrastructure and car park, development of the pavilion, and the building of futsal/basketball courts. The funding is a part of the Daniel Andrews state government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Program.

The ground received a $7 million upgrade during stages 1 and 2 of the redevelopment, which included a new main pitch, as well as a junior and full sized synthetic pitch, of which the state government provided $3.5 million. Today’s conference marked the completion of the upgrade as Spence announced further funding from the state government and Banyule City Council for stages 3 and 4.

Member of Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines attended the announcement and spoke to the crowd of Heidelberg United fans, local government officials, and media. 

“Olympic Park is a place where the community comes together. It’s fantastic that people in Heidelberg and surrounding suburbs will be able to enjoy sports facilities and a meeting place of such a high standard,” he said.

Heidelberg United president Steve Tsalikidis praised the announcement and the work that had been put into securing the funding for the ground.

“A key feature of Heidelberg United’s success on and off the pitch has been the game-changing upgrades here at Olympic Park, and we thank the Victorian government for their part in making the facilities even better.”

Also in attendance at the announcement was Banyule City Mayor Rick Garotti and Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros.

So far the Community Sports infrastructure Stimulus Package has funded 70 projects worth $335 million in Victoria.

Olympic Park was built in 1956 to accommodate and provide a training base for athletes competing in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Melbourne City FC and Tarneit United to promote grassroots growth

Tarneit United and Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC announced that Tarneit United Soccer Club are a Macca’s City Clubs Platinum Partner for the current 2023/24 A-Leagues season.

Melbourne City have used their partnership with McDonald’s Australia to create The Macca’s City Clubs program. This program aims to engage junior grassroots football clubs across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria with the aim to help grow football on and off the pitch.

The club seek to create purposeful long-term relationships with every club they work with and make a huge impact on the development and participation numbers of the sport.

It was originally launched in the 2021/22 A-Leagues season, and the club continues to grow the club network utilising this amazing program every season.

There are plenty of benefits for Tarneit United SC that come out of this partnership including “Coach the Coach” workshops led by our experienced Melbourne City coaches, player meet and greets, and the opportunity to take part in exclusive matchday experiences and offers.

Tarneit United President, Burhan Farah explained why this partnership would benefit the members of the club greatly.

“Tarneit United is in the heart of the west and we’re excited to partner with the best A-League club in the country. Farah mentioned in a Melbourne City press release

“A love for football is our number one driver, and by aligning our club with Melbourne City FC, we hope to inspire our coaches and players to continue to grow our game in the community.

“It’s an honour to be a Macca’s City Club Platinum Partner and we look forward to supporting Melbourne City from the stands this season.”

Melbourne City FC CEO, Brad Rowse explained the importance of growing grassroots football in Victoria.

“We’re delighted to welcome Tarneit United to the Macca’s City Club program on the eve of the 2023/24 A-Leagues season. Rowse added in a club press release.

“Supporting grassroots football is important to us at Melbourne City FC, and with the addition of Tarneit United, we now have thirteen Macca’s City Club Platinum Partners stretching right across Melbourne.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Tarneit United and can’t wait to give their participants plenty of unforgettable experiences and opportunities in the years ahead.”

Melbourne City through their Football School and Maccas City Clubs programs have set a standard for the other teams in the league to hopefully follow in the near future.

The importance of setting a fantastic grassroots foundation of football in the country can never be undermined and this partnership provides another great example of it.

PSG eyeing huge Parc des Princes redevelopment

Parc des Princes revamp

Despite uncertainties over its future at the 48,000-capacity Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain is continuing to investigate possibilities for significant redevelopment work.

According to the French publication L’Équipe, PSG is considering putting a roof and a retractable pitch to the Parc des Princes as part of an ambitious expansion proposal. The stadium is owned by the City Council of Paris, and any substantial renovations would need PSG to buy the site.

PSG has many possibilities on the table, according to L’Équipe, and the club is still interested in purchasing the Stade de France. PSG must submit an offer to purchase the Stade de France by January 3.

PSG held a survey with its supporters in March about the club’s stadium alternatives, outlining four ideas. A “significant” refurbishment of the Parc des Princes, a shift to a restored Stade de France, a new stadium to the west of Paris, and a new site within a 20 kilometre radius of the Parc des Princes that may include the town of Poissy were all possibilities.

If the team is unable to execute a deal to buy the Parc des Princes, it may attempt to buy the Stade de France or relocate to one of two new locations in the city.

The French government presently owns the Stade de France through the Consortium Stade de France. In 1995, the state handed the two corporations control of the 77,083-capacity stadium under a deal with the partnership created by construction firms Vinci and Bouygues.

The agreement between Vinci and Bouygues will expire on July 1, 2025. The cost of acquiring the facility is estimated to be over $657 million, with additional expenditure necessary to transform it to the demands of a football club.

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