Saturday, March 9, 2019

Summer Cup Finals today, and Taroona's huge grant

Two Summer Cup finals are scheduled at KGV Park today.

At 12.30pm, Olympia Warriors take on South Hobart in the Under-18 Summer Cup Final.

In the Women’s Summer Cup Final at KGV Park at 3pm, Olympia Warriors meet Kingborough Lions United.


Photo:  Andrew Wilkie MHR, who has managed to obtain extraordinary amounts of funding for football in Tasmania [PlessPix]

Meanwhile, Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has announced announce a $350,000 Federal Government grant to upgrade the facilities at the Taroona Football Club.

The $350,000 contribution from the Federal Government now fully funds the $850,000 project, after the Taroona FC had secured contributions from the State Government, Kingborough Council and the Tasmanian Community Fund in 2018.

The project will see the construction of four change rooms, and a new club house complete with amenities and kiosk/bar facilities, all located at the existing change room and lower car park site.

FT CEO, Matt Bulkeley, said he was pleased to see the continued trend of increasing investment in infrastructure projects.

“This funding announcement continues a pleasing recent trend of investment in facilities for the game in the State that we hope to see continue around the state,” Bulkeley said.

“These new facilities were badly needed, especially the new change rooms, and this redevelopment will make it a much more comfortable environment for all players, male and female, given the availability of multiple change rooms.”

“We thank Andrew Wilkie for his tremendous ongoing support of our code and congratulate everyone involved at Taroona in helping to get this project fully funded.”

Andrew Wilkie said he was proud to have helped secure the funding for Taroona, labelling them a statewide leader when it comes to women and girls’ participation.

“It’s great to see Federal Government money flowing to sports clubs in the Clark electorate, and particularly soccer clubs, who are such a vital part of communities like Taroona,” Wilkie said.

“There has been a large number of money coming in for football recently and I’ll tell you why I’ve pushed for it.

“It’s a great code, it’s the number one participation sport and it’s particularly good for kids and girls.

“I’ve been really despairing at the under investment in facilities, so that’s why I’ve had a particular focus on it.

“I’ve found it quite unfathomable how in the top participation sport in the state, that is so good, particularly for little kids and girls, that there has been so little investment.

“So, we’ve managed to turn it around a little.”

Taroona FC President Jordan Wright thanked Mr Wilkie for the support and said it was the result of many years’ hard work.

“We’ve been working on this for 4-5 years, so it’s fantastic to see that hard work pay off,” Wright said.

“Our Club has 16-17 teams and over 270 players, but our facilities are far from good enough, so this is something we can be proud of, along with the benefits it will bring to the community.

“So, thanks a lot to Andrew Wilkie for his support in securing this additional funding.”

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