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Buoyant Balga continue to build

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WA Sports Minister Mick Murray and Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman were at Balga SC’s Princess Road Reserve home on Monday night to inspect the thriving club’s ongoing renovations.

The past few years have seen major work done at the facilities, including $300,000 spent on the changing rooms and toilets.

The latest improvements are for increased storage areas and Balga president Ken Shorto said the upgrades reflected the growing confidence in and around the club.

“It’s an area on the up,” Shorto said.

“We have so many more players now. We have 300 registered players – 200 juniors and 100 seniors – and 17 teams.”

These include a senior team in State League 2, a Reserve side, a Masters side, a Metro team, a Women’s team, junior sides in the Smarter Than Smoking League and ALDI MiniRoos, supported by Healthway.

“And we may be adding a second Women’s team as we have more than 30 players registered,” Shorto added.

Balga have a policy of fee-free football for players, where in exchange for their children’s playing fees parents can volunteer their time to help out at the club.

Shorto, who first got involved at Balga in 1992 and is five years into his second spell as president, added: “The members get involved and it’s sort of going back to basics. We’ve done a lot of the work ourselves.”

The club has players from around 40 different countries and their ambitious plans haven’t stopped yet.

“We’d love to get a third pitch to meet the increased demands,” Shorto added.

“It’s a club that’s looking forward. Aleks Vrteski is doing a great job as senior head coach – he’s passionate and driven and loves what’s happening at Balga.”

Football West Head of Development Jamie Harnwell was also in attendance on Monday and said: “It’s great to see the club continue to build and provide fee-free football for its members.

“This is especially good for people who have just arrived in the country. Sport is a vehicle which helps people integrate and Football West will continue to support the club going forward.”