Women's and junior soccer will be among the major beneficiaries of a $2.5 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Shores playing fields, West Beach.
The new and expanded facilities, which include floodlit synthetic pitches, change rooms and a meeting room, will open up new opportunities for South Australian sportsmen and women.
The redevelopment will provide a game day venue for Adelaide’s national league women’s football team and a venue for local lacrosse, rugby and football tournaments.
Adelaide Shores is a 135-hectare tourism and recreation reserve on Adelaide’s West Beach, with commercial and community services including accommodation, golf, boating, a coast park, café and dining areas, skate and BMX park and sports grounds.
The project to expand the sports playing fields is being run by Adelaide Shores and the Football Federation of South Australia.
The $2.51 million funding for the work includes:
- $1 million from the Federal Government
- $700,000 from the State Government
- $560,000 from Adelaide Shores
- $250,000 from the Football Federation of SA.
Michael Carter, Chief Executive Officer of the Football Federation of SA, says investment in infrastructure is important in dealing with the growth of football and that the project will offer opportunities to men, women, girls and boys of all abilities and ages. "This is the first FIFA approved artificial pitch in South Australia and it will offer unrestricted access," Mr Carter said. "We already have more than 150 catch-up games waiting to be played across FFSA competitions due to the overuse of pitches and heavy rainfall."
July 2012 saw the announcement of the first stage of funding of the Adelaide Shores Master Plan provided by the State and Federal Governments, as well as FFSA, Green Play Australia and Adelaide Shores.
The Adelaide Shores precinct will also benefit from the recently announced $2 million in State Government funding for the development of the SA State Diamond Sport Centre for Softball and Baseball. See the related story