NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres joined Federal Member Craig Laundy, Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti, Sam Graham from AFL NSW/ACT and GWS Giants coast Leon Cameron at the Concord Giants season launch.
Minister Ayres helped kick off the season by inspecting the major upgrade of St Lukes Oval and wishing younger players a great start to the season under a special coaching session with Leon Cameron.
“There is no doubt AFL is reaching new heights of popularity in NSW and the NSW Government is proud to support the upgrade of St Luke’s Oval through a $200 000 upgrade, an investment in our future male and females stars,” Mr Ayres said.
Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti said the development of St Lukes Oval into a fully-fledged AFL facility will also enable the expansion of key programs.
“Our two Inner West junior clubs Drummoyne Power and Concord GIANTS are set to benefit from this massive investment in infrastructure to improve game day and training facilities for our male and female players,” Mr Sidoti said.
“The major upgrade includes the amenity block and installation of new lighting as well as improvements to community/social rooms and major surface upgrades.”
David Lawson, Infrastructure Planning Manager at AFL NSW/ACT, said upgrades of this kind are imperative for growing local clubs.
“Exceptional participation growth now needs to be matched with facility expansions and upgrade like we have seen here at St Luke’s Oval.
Natalie Baini Club President of the Concord Giants said the club is very excited to move to their new home.
“The State and Federal Government, along with Canada Bay Council and AFL NSW/ACT have been pivotal in securing funding and access to this space to grow our sport,” said Ms Baini.
“We’ve been enjoying a strong period of growth and St Lukes Oval is exactly what we need to take our Club into the future. We’re hoping that some of the recent GWS Giants success will come our way.”
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