27 July 2021
The Board of Football St George (“FSG”) is pleased to confirm that it has made a submission for the management of Penshurst Park Synthetic Sports Facility with Georges River Council (“GRC”). Tender submissions were called for by Council in late June with the application process now closed.
The vision of FSG is for Penshurst Park Synthetic Sports Facility to provide a “Home for Community Football” and to support our growing participant base across the district. Currently FSG manages two (2) existing GRC synthetic facilities at Peakhurst Park and Poulton Park and have demonstrated our capacity to ensure that its venues and facilities are accessible and for the benefit of the whole community.
FSG CEO Craig Kiely is excited that the facility will soon be available for use.
“Penshurst Park Synthetic Sports Facility has been built for the community and, as a not-for-profit grassroots football driven organisation, we believe Football St George are the best placed organisation to manage the facility.” Kiely said.
“We are excited that all layers of the game will gain benefit from the facility and importantly FSG has the full support from our local Georges River Clubs, Football NSW and Football Australia.”
FSG has made several significant financial and in-kind contributions towards the Penshurst Park Synthetic Sports Facility project, including successfully lobbying for a $1M Community Development Grant (CDG) by the Federal Government in 2016 which was subsequently provided to GRC for the project.
FSG has also assisted Council in providing regular support and input in relation to the design process for the football field and strongly supported and advocated for the project to be delivered.
As the successful applicant and manager of the St George district’s premier football facility, FSG will ensure access is provided to male and female participants across all layers of the game.
“We look forward to the facility catering for a broad range of football activities for the community such as club training, local competition fixtures and finals, NPL match days, coach education courses, summer football as well as socially inclusive programs such as walking football, St George Warriors special needs program and football4 gala days as well as charity event days.” Kiely added.
Football NSW CEO, Stuart Hodge, sees the benefits of the facility for the entire community.
“Football NSW is backing the submission of Football St George to manage Penshurst Park as it will benefit the whole of the sport within their local area.
“Football NSW will provide Football St George with facility management advice, support and resources to ensure Penshurst Park is the ‘Home of Community Football’ for the region.” Hodge said.
A decision is expected on the outcome of the tender process in late October.
More information about Penshurst Park Sporting Hub can be found here.