Northern Redbacks secure $500,000 from government

Grassroots sports club funding boost

Sunday, 12 May 2013
$500,000 boost for grassroots sporting facilities at Celebration Park, Balga
Upgrade to run-down facilities used by Northern Redbacks Women’s Soccer Club
Funding recognises important role sport plays in strong communities
The State Government has delivered on an election promise to provide a boost for sport in the Balga and Mirrabooka areas.

Premier Colin Barnett promised $500,000 to upgrade the run-down and outdated facilities at Celebration Park in Balga, home of the highly successful Northern Redbacks Women’s Soccer Club, after inspecting the facilities last year.

This week, the Premier visited the Redbacks senior training session to announce that funding had been formally approved to allow the work to go ahead.

“The Northern Redbacks Women’s Soccer Club typifies what grassroots sport is all about and it can be proud of what it has achieved even though it operates from facilities that are run-down and unsuitable,” Mr Barnett said.

“The club is one of the most successful women’s soccer clubs in Western Australia but it doesn’t have women’s change rooms, so players are forced to change in the men’s toilets, which are in poor condition.

“The Government recognises that sporting clubs like the Northern Redbacks play an important role in healthy local communities.

“This funding is part of the Government’s unprecedented commitment to support sport from grassroots level to elite standards, with initiatives including the new Perth Stadium, nib Stadium, a high performance State Netball Centre, as well as new community courts, and the KidSport initiative to help 13,000 disadvantaged children into sport.”

The Premier said the Northern Redbacks had 75 players spread across five junior and senior teams.  The club’s success was highlighted by the fact that it had fostered elite talent, including Lisa De Vanna and Collette McCallum, who had played for the Matildas, and several players who had represented the Perth Glory women’s team.

Mr Barnett said $500,000 would be granted to the City of Stirling to carry out the Celebration Park development in consultation with the soccer club.

“This will deliver an important community facility.  It will benefit clubs across Perth when they compete at Celebration Park, and serve other sporting clubs in the Balga and Mirrabooka areas,” he said.

“I’m grateful for the efforts of community members Andrea Creado and City of Stirling councillor Keith Sargent for highlighting the conditions at Celebration Park and for their commitment to representing the club’s needs, leading to this funding.”