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Melton Phoenix FC receive significant funding for new pavilion

Melton Phoenix Football Club have received $1.18 million in facility funding from the Victorian State Government, with works commencing on a new pavilion at the club’s home at MacPherson Park.

The new pavilion will incorporate female friendly change and referees’ rooms, a kitchen, a first aid room, a community social space and fully accessible public amenities.

The grant was provided through the first round of the government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

The Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program is supporting Victoria’s economy by working with Local Government Authorities, Alpine Resort Boards and sporting organisations to fast-track shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria.

Following overwhelming demand for Round One, an additional $110 million has been provided through the 2020-21 State Budget for Round Two of the Program.

A further $750,000 in funding is also set to be put aside to improve car parking arrangements and pedestrian connections at the site in Melton, from the federal government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas recently joined other dignitaries to announce the facility upgrades for the football club.

“The Melton Phoenix Football Club has over 400 members, and they’ve outgrown their current club-rooms,” MP Thomas said in a statement.

“Melton Phoenix has been a trailblazing club welcoming all players, and it’s great to see they will be getting a pavilion that will enable them to attract more players from across this growing community.”

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence further emphasised the importance of sport in society and its place in uniting people.

“Sport and active recreation is not just good for our physical and mental health, in growing cities like Melton it brings people together and builds communities,” she stated.

The club itself, based in the western suburbs of Melbourne, has been integral to the local sporting scene in Melton over the past 50 years.

It will be a major boost for the local club and the wider community, and is considered necessary to meet the growing needs of girls and women who continue to sign up and play football in the area.

Club administrators will also benefit significantly, with the upgrades to allow greater flexibility in scheduling training sessions and matches at the ground.

During the construction process, the project is expected to generate 25 jobs, with the pavilion due to be completed by mid-2022.

MacPherson Park is the regional sporting hub in the City of Melton, hosting a variety of other sporting teams including the Melton Cricket Club, Melton Netball Club and the Melton Broncos Rugby League Club.

The sporting venue has undergone significant redevelopments in recent years, including stage one upgrades totalling $12.3 million.

“Stage one has delivered a synthetic sporting oval with lighting, a netball court with lighting and warm-up space, a regional level cricket training facility, a multipurpose community pavilion to service all three sport ovals, and a netball precinct with female-friendly change rooms and meeting rooms. The project was funded in partnership with Council, the Victorian Government ($2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund) and AFL Victoria ($100,000),” a statement read according to the City of Melton’s website.

City of Melton Mayor Cr Kathy Majdlik said these redevelopments were already making a big difference to local sporting clubs.

“MacPherson Park is delivering outstanding sporting infrastructure for the future. It’s absolutely fantastic to see stage one being used by local clubs, and to see the transformation ready to continue,” Cr Majdlik said.

“As well as providing upgraded playing and training spaces, this will also connect residents and clubs socially.

“It’s a project that makes me very proud and I’d like to thank the state government for two generous contributions towards this significant redevelopment.”

Image Credit: Mary-Anne Thomas MP

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Granville & District Soccer Football Association announce brand-new X-League

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The Granville & District Soccer Football Association (GDSFA) have announced the creation of a new top tier local Men’s Seniors competition, named the X-League.

Kicking off in March of 2022, the GDSFA will be looking to play 22 rounds of football competition each and every Friday evenings across the Granville Association. In addition, there are a number of exciting initiatives that the organisers have thrown into the mix to assure that this will be one of the most appealing local Senior Men’s competition across NSW.

Such incentives include:

  • Livestream Broadcast & Commentary of ‘Match of the Round’
  • Local officials and talent officiating matches
  • 2 Leagues (X-League 1 and X-League 2)
  • 12 Teams in each league
  • Single Team format of up to 20 players per team
  • Promotion and Relegation
  • Prize Money for Premiers and Champions
  • Season Launch Party with special guest
  • End of Season Player & Team Awards Evening
  • Entry into Australia’s oldest knockout competition “The Cottam Cup”
  • NPL Opportunities
  • ‘Match of the Round’ played at the legendary Melita Stadium home of the Parramatta Eagles FC

Granville & District Soccer FA’s General Manager Scott Sadler was looking forward to the new challenge of this concept, that was struck up with a few local and passionate Club administrators wanting to promote, collaborate and deliver new ways of getting more people interested with the world game.

“Back in May, myself and Joe Bacha (Rydalmere FC’s First Grade Coach) met at a café to catch up and chew the fat over the state of play of GDSFA football,” Sadler said.

“As many will know it’s not been an easy ride for them over the last few years, and Joe wanted to bring some of his observations and ideas on how we could improve our Men’s Premier League given we had gone from having 10 teams in the 2020 season and reduced to six in the 2021 season.

“Rydalmere FC have shown great character in rebuilding their club culture and in turn they have seen the fruits of their labour with a fantastic facility being constructed. We started to get some ideas down on paper and the ball was rolling, but Covid lockdown reared its ugly head for round 2 and so we got stuck into battening down the hatches.

“A working group was eventually formed, and the brainstorming sessions commenced every Wednesday, and are still ongoing looking at how we could make the Men’s Premiership Competition more viable and inclusive for all clubs to get involved.

“It has been great to watch the clubs coming together and collaborating on ideas, and between them they have come up with the concept of the X-League.”

Even though the league will be open to Men’s for the 2022 season, the Association has stated that plans are underway to offer this league concept towards the Women and Youth clubs in the football mad area.

“We are definitely looking at expanding in both the Women’s and Youth sectors once we get the Men’s off the ground in 2022 as that has always been our intention,” they said.

“GDSFA is the OG of football within Australia, we may not have done everything right along the way, but we have helped to shape football in some way shape or form.

“With the X-League, we are wanting to offer grassroots football a high standard of football for a very competitive membership fee, giving value for money for each player involved.”

Football Queensland team up with Queensland University of Technology to deliver programs for players and coaches

Football Queensland have announced a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), to deliver various coaching courses and social football programs for students.

FQ Women and Girls Participation Officer, Kate Lawson, stated that students completing their studies at QUT can register to undertake a free MiniRoos coaching course on Wednesday, 20 October at QUT Stadium.

“This MiniRoos coaching course is aimed at any QUT students – including international students – who want to begin their coach education journey,” she said.

“There are opportunities opening up for qualified coaches to work with Football Queensland to deliver programs for women and girls, multicultural communities and in schools.

“We know that Queensland universities are home to thousands of football enthusiasts, and we are keen to work with educational institutions across the state to support students and grow the game.

“Beginning next Wednesday, 27 October, students will be able to participate in an eight-week Connecting Through Sport Mixed Multicultural Social Football program.

“I encourage all students to come along and get involved in the MiniRoos coaching course or the social football program.”

Football Queensland’s partnership with the university has come off the back of an informal social football program that has been running at the college since August of last year.

QUT Sport Project Coordinator Michael Jordan said of the partnership: “QUT Sport is delighted to be partnering with Football Queensland to offer a range of social and coaching opportunities for QUT students.

“We are excited about the upcoming coaching course and the Connecting Through Sports program to encourage students to be active, meet new people and learn some new football skills.”

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