Women lead the way in $1.5m footy revamp

VISION: Council chief Peter Ackland, left, Jacinta Huxtable, Ian Lambert, Cr Ali Gulin, Deputy Mayor Alan Zubrinich, Mayor Leon Stephens, Cr Neville Wilson and Chris Fogarty.
VISION: Council chief Peter Ackland, left, Jacinta Huxtable, Ian Lambert, Cr Ali Gulin, Deputy Mayor Alan Zubrinich, Mayor Leon Stephens, Cr Neville Wilson and Chris Fogarty.

Women footballers are spearheading a $1.5 million project at Crystal Brook.

With 160 girls and women expected to take the field early next year for the Roosters, the Crystal Brook Football Club has plans for an ambitious “make-over” of its headquarters.

The major feature of the project will be new changerooms for the women costing between $450,000 and $500,000.

There will be quarters for both home and visiting teams with separate shower cubicles in keeping with privacy requirements for women competitors.

The number of senior women’s teams will double from to eight in the February-March season. As well, three under-16 girls’ teams will take the field. With men and boys in the winter season competition, there will be 300 people playing.

“We need new change rooms and facilities to cater for the women,” said club president Ian Lambert who is excited about the prospects for growth for the Roosters.

“The first season of women’s football was contested last year. 

”There were two things that blew us away – first the standard of play was far greater than we expected. It was a credit to the girls and it was good to watch.

“The second thing was the crowd support – we had more than 350 people watching.”

He said the project at the oval would include:

  • New lights costing more than $150,000
  • Improved irrigation likely to cost about $135,000
  • Sealing of roads and areas around the clubrooms and oval
  • Picket fencing worth $98,000 around the oval 

Mr Lambert thanked club members and businesses and “people from all walks of life” for contributing pledges worth $38,000 towards the revamp.

Mayor Leon Stephens said Port Pirie Regional Council would explore state funding for the project and may contribute in-kind work. He said the council was waiting to see the full business plan. “If we don’t do the planning today, we won’t achieve anything,” he said. “We want to work closely with them.”

He said Sport Minister Corey Wingard, who visited recently, was “keen on family sport" and he hoped the state government would build on this.

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