Member for Manly James Griffin has announced a $689,700 grant for new sporting and public amenities at Balgowlah Oval, after the Balgowlah Suns Junior AFL Club’s application for funding was successful through the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund.
The club will receive new modular amenities to incorporate accessible public toilets, change rooms, storage and a canteen to use on game days and training nights, supporting the rapid growth of the club over the past few years.
“This investment will give the Suns and other sporting codes the facilities they need and deserve here at Balgowlah Oval,” Mr Griffin said.
“In 2017 the Balgowlah Suns were the fasting growing AFL club in the Sydney Harbour region and they have experienced strong growth in their female participation.
“The two new change rooms for players, an umpires change room, accessible toilets and the all-important new canteen will provide the players, parents and volunteers with the facilities they need to continue to grow and flourish.”
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund provides grants between $500,000 and $5 million for sport facility projects.
“The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund invests in new and existing facilities to improve the quality and quantity of sports infrastructure across Greater Sydney,” Mr Ayres said.
“Over the next three years, the NSW Government will invest $100 million towards new and upgraded sports facilities. This will substantially improve the quality and accessibility of community sports facilities around Sydney.”
Haydn Sheehan, President of the Balgowlah Suns said the club was delighted to be receiving the new amenities building to help it grow even further as a club in Balgowlah.
“Our history is relatively short, but in four years, we are seeing more and more kids coming through our doors and enjoying their footy on the Northern Beaches,” Mr Sheehan said.
“The future for our club is exciting and we are grateful for the support from the AFL, James Griffin MP and also the Suns community in creating this facility.”
Sam Graham, CEO of AFL NSW/ACT, joined Mr Griffin last week at Balgowlah Oval to visit the ground and congratulate the club on their successful grant.
“I would like congratulate the Suns and thank James Griffin MP for his support to help fund the development of this innovative modular amenities building that will support the continued growth of Australian Football,” Mr Graham said.
“AFL is thriving on the Northern Beaches and it continues to grow in popularity for our junior players, and we will continue to work hard to provide them with the best possible facilities in tandem with the government and our local partners.”
Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said this was one of many projects Council is partnering with the State Government to deliver for the local community.
“Sport is the life blood of our community and we know how important it is to our residents. Council is always striving to provide the best facilities for the benefit of all,” Mayor Regan said.
“This is just one of many projects Council is providing funding support. I am so glad we have been able to partner with the State Government and the local AFL Club to fast track this project. I know it will be well received.”
For further information on the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/greater-sydney-sports-facility-fund