Saturday 10 August 2019 was an historic day for St George Football Association (SGFA) as the new synthetic football pitch at Peakhurst Park 5 was open for competition matches for the first time.

The redevelopment of the field (which commenced late 2018), has been 3 years in the making and through the combined efforts of SGFA, Georges River Council and the State and Federal Governments funds were secured and the project given the green light.

The $3m project, includes:

  • FIFA synthetic football field;
  • Sports lighting (4 towers)
  • New sports amenities building (will open in October 2019)

Whilst Georges River Council are currently undertaking a tender process for the management over the facility, SGFA has been able to secure some early access to ensure local grassroots football finals and representative games can be played to complete the 2019 season.

To mark the occasion the SGFA gave the honour of the first official matches scheduled at the venue to its special needs / Football4All program, the St George Warriors.

St George FA CEO, Craig Kiely, was thrilled to have the park open for play.

“This is an historic moment for our Association and our clubs and many people, both past and present, who have contributed to this fantastic new facility being delivered.” Kiely said.

“On behalf of the Board we would like to thank Georges River Council Mayor, Kevin Greene and General Manager Gail Connolly, our State Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, and our Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman, for their significant support and contributions.”

“This is a first-class facility that we will ensure is accessed by all levels of the game including our local club teams, development and representative program teams and our football4all program teams.” Kiely stated.

Former Matildas and current NZ Womens National team coach Tom Sermanni and FFA Head of Leagues, Greg O’Rourke, attended the morning as special guests of the Warriors.

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