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World Game's $6 million boost

World Game's $6 million boost

Hellas - lions combo

West Adelaide Hellas and Port Adelaide Lion soccer clubs will build new pitches and upgrade facilities from $1 million in State Government funding.

The Port Adelaide Lions Soccer Club will use its funding to build three new full-sized pitches with fencing, lighting and irrigation at the former Taperoo Primary School site.

The club, which has one pitch at its Ethelton home, will now be able to build membership.

West Adelaide Hellas will use its $500,000 to develop a full-size pitch and redevelop bathrooms and change rooms on the old Kilburn Primary School site.

The two grants come on the back of $700,000 given to Adelaide Shores for the redevelopment of its playing fields, including the first FIFA approved artificial pitch in the State.

These new facilities were officially opened last month.

Figures from Football Federation SA show participation in soccer has increased by between eight and 10 per cent each year during the past six years.

The grants bring the State Government’s contribution to soccer to almost $6 million since 2011/12.