New and improved facilities will prove the platform for the St. George Football Association to grow and improve the overall experience of its participants moving forward.

The Association was extremely pleased to see the newly amalgamated Georges River Council commit to over $4.5 million dollars of funding towards new community amenities buildings across Kogarah and Hurstville areas.

General Manager Craig Kiely said the money and the facilities it produces would be crucial to the mid-to-long-term future of football in the area, with a direct benefit to all participants.

“As an association, we are working hard with the state and federal government members and our local councils to fund much needed improvements to our local facilities” Kiely said.

“Football is the longest running and largest participation sport in the St George district with close to 10,000 registered players and unfortunately the current state of facilities in the area does not align with this growth”.

“The commitment from GRC to deliver the new buildings is a significant investment in local infrastructure and will be welcomed by the local football community, in particular the growing number of females who often struggle to find suitable areas to change for weekend matches.”

Whilst the delivery of the new amenities buildings will be fantastic not just for football but for the wider sporting community the Associations push for new facilities does not stop there.

“Currently the St George area does not have a synthetic football pitch. This simply is not good enough, particularly for a Sydney metropolitan Association and it is an absolute priority for us to work collectively with our partner groups to rectify this as soon as possible”. Kiely stated.

In July last year the Federal Government pledged $2 million for the delivery of a Synthetic football pitch at McCarthy Reserve.

“We have been pledged a significant amount of money to deliver a synthetic football pitch in the Barton electorate, which is supported by both sides government including the new Federal Member for Barton, Linda Burney.” Kiely said.

We have the funding commitment from the Federal Government and are now waiting to sit down with Bayside Council to work out the process to deliver this vitally important project for our community.”

SGFA Head of Football and former Socceroo, Aytek Genc, says the time is now for  change.

“Our football community for far too long has had to deal with substandard grounds and facilities. It’s time for that to change now to ensure that our local kids are provided with the best possible environment to enjoy their sport and continue to live an active and healthy lifestyle.” Genc stated.

SGFA is also hopeful that the recent confirmation that Jubilee Oval will be managed by GRC moving forward will provide greater access for local football players.

“We would love to stage our local finals matches at Jubilee Oval and ideally some representative matches for St George City FA. We will continue to work with Council to try and provide local players an opportunity to play football at this iconic venue.” Kiely said.

Kiely stated that a priority this year was for the Association and its member Clubs to engage in more detail with Councils as part of their field maintenance plan and strategy.

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