TK Shutter Reserve transformation commences

TK Shutter Reserve redevelopment

NPL South Australia club MetroStars have announced the commencement of a facility upgrade at their home ground, TK Shutter Reserve.

This re-development was possible because of the overall investment made by City of Port Adelaide Enfield, State Government and MetroStars – allowing the club to progress forward for 2024 and beyond.

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield council announced on their website in early 2023 that the upgrades and construction work to be completed at TK Shutter Reserve were part of a long term goal to support the increase and diverse participation of Football in the north east of Adelaide. The construction is proposed to be completed by August of 2024.

The current clubroom section of the building is the only notable part of TK Shutter Reserve pre-upgrade and will remain intact, with the upgrade aiming to replace the existing changeroom area which is outdated.

The facility upgrade includes four changerooms, offices, board room, 250 seat grandstand, storage units and media centre, plus a grand entrance foyer from the car park to the main pitch.

This will transform the ground from an average reserve to a mini stadium which is a suitable upgrade for the NPL SA minor premiers who are very quickly progressing as a top semi-professional  Australian club, following their valiant effort going down to Melbourne City 2-1 in the quarter-final of the Australia Cup last week.

Within the main facility upgrade, MetroStars will be creating a wellbeing space for their players, coaches and members which is a fantastic touch and signifying the importance of mental health in football.

One of the changerooms will be designated to the Metro United Women’s Football Club.

The brand new media centre is a big highlight of the club, who are looking to improve the facilities for their current media partners as well as provide an overall better viewing experience.

Demolition of the changerooms will commence later in the year, while temporary changeroom and amenities will be installed to the west of the clubrooms during construction.

Overall, this completion of the TK Shutter Reserve re-development plan is a well overdue change for the growing MetroStars who are focused on continuing to succeed on the pitch in 2024 and beyond.

Grassroots football in Enfield and the North East Adelaide region will greatly benefit in the future from the re-development.

The 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund to cater for participation boom

2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government’s 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is a state-wide investment, open until December 13, 2023.

This fund was created to adapt to the increasing need for infrastructure that is required for regular active sport and recreation.

Utilising three streams, sports clubs, facility managers and community organisations will all benefit from the following grants:

  • Community Facilities – up to $300,000
  • Community Sports Lighting – up to $250,000
  • Planning – up to $40,000

Led by Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, the creation of infrastructure will be made possible by planners, architects, engineers, project managers,
builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, facility managers and operational staff as part on the construction process. In turn, this has a direct link back to the local economy and offers hundreds of jobs.

For sporting & recreation clubs, sporting associations & leagues, educational institutions, not-for-profit community organisations, businesses and individuals looking to apply for the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, an important note is that they cannot do so directly. Instead, they will coordinate this with Local Government Authorities and the Alpine Resorts Victoria who will apply on their behalf.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday December 13 2023 – with successful candidates of the 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund announced from April 2024.

For full information and resources, you can view those here.

Football Queensland remain with Kappa for five more seasons until 2028

Football Queensland & Kappa partnership extension

Football Queensland have announced a five-year partnership extension with iconic international sports brand Kappa as its official apparel partner from 2024.

This relationship between the two parties has been very strong since they first partnered all the way back in 2017 and reinforces the support for football in Queensland that the brand has had.

Kappa has provided quality garments for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and the Italian National team.

It’s a brand that was established in 1916 in Turin and eventually in 1978 they rebranded themselves to branch out as a sportwear brand where they focused purely on football-related products and designs.

For Football Queensland, they currently produce and provide quality on and off-field apparel for all Queensland State Representative teams including the state’s futsal representative squads. Kappa also provide on-field apparel for the game’s referees on the FQ website.

They also helped sponsor and start up the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments that debuted in late 2021 and 2022 respectively for clubs to participate in across the state.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci was extremely pleased to announce this partnership extension following Kappa’s amazing support.

“Football Queensland is incredibly excited to announce Kappa as our official apparel partner for the next five years following a competitive tender process which saw us receive 20 expressions of interest and 15 submissions of an extremely high quality,” Cavallucci said via Football Queensland press release.

“In their seven years as a Football Queensland partner, Kappa has provided fantastic support to Football Queensland, our clubs and the wider football community thanks to their quality of apparel, ability to deliver on their promises and the team’s unwavering commitment to customer service.

“We’ve built a wonderful working relationship with the team at Kappa thanks to their willingness to go above and beyond to deliver outcomes for our organisation and our game, and we’re delighted to continue working in partnership with them from next year.”

Kappa Australia Director Ze’ev Bogaty shared the same sentiment for the great relationship the two parties have created.

“Kappa is a strong supporter of football in Queensland and has been proud to invest in the game since the partnership with Football Queensland began in 2017,” Bogaty mentioned in the FQ press release.

“Some highlights of the partnership have included the development of the teal shirt for first year referees, witnessing Queensland state sides dominate on the national stage in Kappa kit, and the launch of the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments.

“As we embark on another five years as the state’s official apparel partner and continue our close working relationship with Football Queensland, we look forward to contributing even more to the growth and success of football across the state.”

There is a shared goal of improving the grassroots game in Queensland from both parties and the track record of Kappa’s immense investment over the past seven years has shown that this extension will do wonders for Queensland football.

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