Adelaide City FC is to receive $1 million as part of the state government budget initiative to provide funds of $10 million for much needed playing fields and facilities for football across Adelaide. The funding will allow the club to build an artificial pitch providing a high quality, consistent playing surface available all year round, along with facility improvements.
Club Football Chairman Alf Ianniello hailed the government’s initiative as a much needed injection to cater for the ever growing participation rates, particularly among children and youth. “Adelaide City FC will now be in a much better position to cater for the increasing demand to play football. With over 700 players at the club, the new artificial pitch and the associated developments will provide more opportunity to play. Its a great initiative by the state government.”
In announcing the news at Elite Systems Football Centre with Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis highlighted the increase in capacity which will result; “Our football clubs need facilities to meet the growing demand, and the state Government investment on artificial pitches will help meet that demand”.
FFSA Chief Executive Officer Michael Carter said that an investment in local club infrastructure is in line with the organisation’s Football Facilities Strategy and is a great outcome for football. “Today’s funding announcement by the State Government illustrates a strong commitment to participation in sport and football. The $10million investment will offer new and improved playing opportunities for thousands of players at the local club level and throughout the state. Football Federation SA is working closely with Local Government to unlock up to $5 million in additional funding to further strengthen the value of our State Government’s investment.”