Soccer Clubs On The Move In Bass Coast
Club re-locations, ground renovations and a huge increase in participation have seen soccer across Bass Coast Shire develop considerably as it kicks off season 2015.
In a major boost, Wonthaggi United Soccer Club has re-located from McMahons Reserve to Recreation Reserve 2 at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.
Committee member, Michaela Tong, said the move has all members excited for the 2015 season.
“We are so pleased to be playing in this high profile location,” Ms Tong said.
“We would like to express our thanks to Bass Coast Shire Council for their support in making this possible and to all of our club members and volunteers who have been waiting eagerly for the chance to play here.”
In other moves, Inverloch Stars Soccer Club who had formally called Outtrim Recreation Reserve home will be playing a considerable part of their season at McMahons Reserve in Wonthaggi in readiness for the completion of a major drainage project at Thompson Reserve in Inverloch.
According to outgoing President, Gene Parini, the time playing at McMahons Reserve will allow the entire drainage project to be completed and said the result of the works will be a showcase for soccer in the region.
“The Inverloch Stars are so excited to have a future home in the Bass Coast and look forward to the day to play at the venue,” Mr Parini said.
“We owe a great deal of thanks to the accommodation of Inverloch Cricket Club and their support throughout the planning for the drainage works and access to their clubrooms.”
Phillip Island Soccer Club is also in a transition period, with the club recently given the green light to play on the newly constructed Newhaven Recreation Reserve.
The project, including full drainage, was recently completed.
Club President, Daren Dempsey, has been involved in the planning and construction of the project.
“After many years playing in the mud, we are looking forward to playing and training on a pitch that provides the best chance to play well and promote the sport to the community,” Mr Dempsey said.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, is delighted to see the progress of soccer in the area.
“These initiatives display that for a growing sport like soccer, we need to plan well, collaborate and think ahead in order to cater for the increase in popularity,” Cr Brown said.
“We still have a way to go with regard to our recreation and leisure facilities, but these projects clearly demonstrate Council has a genuine interest in activating our community.”