Scot MacDonald
6th Sep 2018

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres has today announced that football clubs from around NSW will once again benefit from the $4.1 million invested back into local football clubs from the 2015 Asian Cup Legacy Fund.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said South Cardiff Football Club will receive $135,916 for remediation of the playing surface and lighting upgrades at Ulinga Sporting Complex in South Cardiff.

“It is fantastic to see that this major international sporting event hosted in 2015 has been able to continue to benefit grassroots sport by helping to boost local participation through these successful grants,” Mr MacDonald said.

Representing Mr MacDonald at the announcement with South Cardiff Football Club today, Lake Macquarie City Councillor Jason Pauling said it was great to see the State Government supporting upgrades to local facilities and that these works will greatly increase the serviceability of the oval.

South Cardiff Football Club President Cindy Redpath said it was the most amazing news they have had all year.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said: “The second round of the fund will see 19 projects worth more than $2.3 million go towards improving the quality and quantity of local club facilities across the state.”

Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said the collaborative effort of the NSW Government, Football NSW (FNSW) and Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has enabled local clubs to benefit.

“Along with supporting participation, we will see flow-on effects such as these upgraded and new facilities creating stronger communities - whilst improving the overall experience for players, coaches and spectators,” Mr Eland said.

“With more than 280,000 registered players now playing football in NSW, it is the financial support from initiatives such as this legacy fund that will ensure the future of Football continues to grow around the state.”

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