Football West welcomes today’s announcement from the Federal Opposition that the Labor Party will commit $10 million to a State Football Centre.
Shadow Minister for Sport and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Don Farrell confirmed this afternoon that a Shorten Government would put $10m towards a State Football Centre to be built at Maniana Reserve in Queens Park.
Football West CEO James Curtis said: “This is great news and should be celebrated by all of the football community in Western Australia.
“The commitment announced by Senator Farrell is a tremendous boost in our bid to have a State Football Centre in keeping with being the number one participation team sport in WA.
“Football West is striving to provide the best facilities and opportunities for all of our 230,000 players as well as our coaches, referees and administrators and this pledge brings it a step nearer. For too long football has been left behind when it has come to investment and it is great to see the balance being redressed.
“A State Football Centre will directly support Football West’s Asian Engagement Program and provide a suitable football training facility for international powerhouses such as Manchester United and Chelsea. This will develop significant economic benefits to our WA community and football clubs.“
Labor Candidate for Swan Hannah Beazley said a new home for football in her prospective electorate would support continued growth in the sport, both locally and across Western Australia.
“I’m delighted that Labor has committed to help build the State Football Centre here in Swan, which will be a fantastic community asset for many years to come,” Ms Beazley said.
“There has been an unprecedented growth in the number of people playing soccer, both in our local community in Swan and across the State.
“Western Australia has been lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to soccer facilities for many years. This Centre will mean that WA can host State League and National Premier League matches, as well as international games.”
Football West is the only major state sporting association in WA without a training and administration centre.
This is despite female participation growing by 64 per cent and Indigenous participation growing by 198 per cent since 2009.
The Centre will be a hub for female football in Western Australia, the home of a new national Indigenous Football Centre of Excellence and will provide training and game facilities for both grassroots and elite players.
Senator Farrell said: “Labor’s decision to invest in the State Football Centre for WA reflects our strong and ongoing commitment to the world game: from funding to help grassroots community football clubs continue to grow participatio, to our early sunpport for Australia’s bid to host the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The State Football Centre will also a dedicated training venue for more than 1200 regional development participants, including regional State teams, Country Week and Country Camp participants and will provide a high-class hub for female competitions and programs across the metropolitan area.