The Adelaide Comets Football Club and the Western Districts Athletics Club are receiving new facilities following a $3.5 million State Government grant.

The Clubs share Tampawardli (Ellis Park) in the Adelaide Park Lands and are welcoming the construction of a community building comprising of club rooms, change rooms, a kitchen, community space, first aid room, gym and public toilets.

The Clubs have a combined membership of over 800 people, supported by many spectators, family and friends.

The facilities will also benefit the wider community including the various schools and community groups who already use Ellis Park. The new building will replace the existing clubrooms, with works due to start in March 2018.

Community sport and recreation areas are an important component of the Park Lands and help promote a healthy, active community.

The funding follows a $10 million commitment announced in the State Budget to help local football (soccer) clubs meet growing demand. Clubs and facilities receiving artificial pitches or other upgrades as part of this commitment include:

  • North Eastern Metrostars - $1.4m for artificial pitch and lighting
  • White City, Seaton Park Primary - $1.4m for pitch upgrades and lighting
  • Cumberland United - $1.1m for artificial pitch
  • Northern Demons - $1.1m for artificial pitch
  • Mount Barker United - $2.5m for two artificial pitches and a building (subject to matched Council funding)
  • City of Marion and The Cove Football Club - $2.5m for two artificial pitches and a building (subject to matched Council funding)

Background

Funding has been provided from the State Government’s Planning and Development Fund as part of a $20 million commitment to fund a series of projects which demonstrate the different elements of the Park Lands vision.

The funded projects align with the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy 2015-25 which also recognises the need for purpose-built sports infrastructure for all-year round soccer, athletics and school activities. Tampawardli (Ellis Park) is located adjacent Adelaide High School in the West Parklands.

Quotes attributable to Planning Minister John Rau

This new facility will not only benefit the members of the soccer and athletics clubs that call the site home, but also the many schools and community groups who share the space.

The gym in particular will be a real asset, providing a great indoor space for fitness and weight training – especially through the wetter winter months.

The Park Lands play host to so many vibrant sporting clubs, and it’s important that we are upgrading facilities and continually enhancing their community value.

Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis

As a Government we have invested heavily in our community sports facilities because we want to encourage as many South Australians as possible to be active and healthy.

This $3.5 million upgrade to football facilities in the West Parklands will help meet growing demand from young people wanting to play the sport. It is in addition to a $10 million Budget commitment to construct artificial pitches and other facilities at clubs across the State.

Artificial pitches can have three-times as many games played on them as turf pitches, so many more players can enjoy these facilities without having to expand the footprint of the grounds.

This investment follows $24 million in State Government support to build female-friendly facilities at sporting clubs and $7.7 million to upgrade netball facilities in the parklands and at Priceline stadium.

Quotes attributable to City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese

We are very excited that the State Government is supporting the Adelaide Comets Football Club and the Western Districts Athletics Club to build a modern, multi-purpose community sport and recreation activity hub.

Council will soon commence planning improvements to Tampawardli (Park 24) that will complement the new building and create an active community hub, supporting use of not only the soccer and athletics fields but the adjoining multi-purpose courts as well.

Improving sporting facilities in the Park Lands provides more opportunities for participation in sport, increasing levels of physical activity that we know can have a positive impact on our community's wellbeing.

Quotes attributable to Football Federation SA CEO Michael Carter

Football Federation SA is delighted with the support of the State Government in regards to our growing demand for improved Football infrastructure. As participation continues to grow it is important that as a sport we are planning for the future. The entire Football Family joins in thanking the State Government for their support.

The inclusion of two new purpose built facilities on greenfield sites at Mt Barker and the City of Marion are significant achievements and we thank the local Government of Mt Barker and City of Marion for their support of these major projects.

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Adelaide Jo Chapley

My son played for the Adelaide Comets Soccer Club over the years. These upgraded facilities will be a marvellous investment in our children’s sporting life and mean a more cross-seasonal use of our playing fields and parkland spaces.

Parents will also find it more comfortable watching their children from the club rooms. Other community and sporting groups will also have access, making these areas of our parklands a hub of physical activity.