Seagulls establish new nest
After spending decades travelling to far off venues for pre-season training, Williamstown Football Club has now secured a venue in the heart of Williamstown to prepare their teams for each State League football season.
The Club is undertaking it’s first full pre-season training campaign at the redeveloped venue at Bayside College Williamstown, which was officially launched on Friday by Williamstown Football Club’s number one female ticket holder and Member for Williamstown, the Hon. Melissa Horne and Hobsons Bay City Council.
The Bayside Secondary College venue now consists of a brand new pavilion, with four change rooms and umpire rooms, a new fit-out of the existing social rooms, kitchen and storage areas and the resurfaced No. 2 Oval.
The redeveloped facility has dramatically improved the space and the ground surface for the tenant clubs and school community.
Williamstown Football Club invested $150k into extending and upgrading the surface of Oval 2 and adding coaches boxes for the Williamstown juniors to utilise in-season.
The upgrades will be greatly appreciated and utilised by a wide array of groups throughout the community including Bayside Secondary College’s sports programs, Williamstown juniors, Williamstown Auskick and Williamstown Cricket Club, and gives our VFL and VFLW Seagulls a place to train during the pre-season.
The VFLW team has been training three times per week at the new venue since January 4, while our VFL program commenced its pre-season training there this Tuesday.
The Hon. Melissa Horne spoke at the launch ceremony in appreciation of the amount of work that has been put in to this project.
“To see this transformation is amazing,” she said. “What we tried to do is leave a legacy for both the community and the school going forward.
“I think the good, strong working relationship with Nolene (Bayside Williamstown Campus Principal) and the school has been spectacular, but the help of the council who put in the lion’s share of the money and time to complete this project has helped it turn out fantastic.”
CEO Jason Reddick acknowledged the significance of the upgrades and efforts from all involved: “From our Club point of view, it is exciting that we have now secured a local training venue with new clubrooms and storage facilities and a purpose-built football oval that is the same dimensions as our home ground at Downer Oval.
“The collaboration we have experienced with State Government, Bayside College, Hobsons Bay City Council, and the other tenant clubs has been terrific and the result is a great community asset that will service thousands of users for years to come.”
President Clint Rippon added: “The Club is excited to have finally established a home base in Hobsons Bay for the first time in the Club’s long history that will service our State League teams’ pre-season training purposes and connect us further to the community.”
Hobsons Bay Mayor Cr Jonathan Marsden said: “After the challenges of 2020, it is wonderful to be able to unveil these brilliant new facilities and celebrate the culmination of three years of hard work by all involved.
“Our schools and sporting clubs are at the core of our community. Keeping kids active and engaged is a critical investment not just in their physical health, but also their ongoing mental health and wellbeing.
“On behalf of Council I would like to extend my thanks to the Victorian Government for their support and $2.1 million dollar investment in the Hobsons Bay community. I’m looking forward to seeing these facilities become a thriving hub of activity for years to come.”
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