Melbourne Football Club training oval receives funding for major upgrades
The Melbourne Football Club training oval at Gosch’s Paddock will be redeveloped to align with the standards of other AFL clubs, with the Victorian government joining with the AFL and Melbourne in funding the project.
Larger dimensions and new surface area will also benefit the entire community with the Olympic Boulevard oval available for public recreation all year round when not in use by professional clubs.
Victorian Minister of Tourism, Sports and Major Events Martin Pakula confirmed the state government’s contribution of $ 2 million to the redevelopment of the Gosch Paddock Oval, with AFL and Melbourne combining to contribute $ 1 million.
Minister Pakula said: âThe remade oval will be a victory for the many community members who use the area year round for running, walking, throwing a Frisbee and having fun.
“This means the Melbourne women’s and men’s teams will have a tied oval with other Victorian AFLW / AFL teams – and that’s good for football.”
The oval is currently shorter and narrower than the MCG, where the AFL Demons team play the majority of their home games.
This project will increase the dimensions of the oval to better match the measurements of the MCG and Marvel Stadium and create a surface that meets AFL / AFLW standards. Lighting will be improved and nets behind the goals and camera posts will be installed.
Thorough pre-planning enabled the reconfiguration to be carried out without loss of trees. Work is scheduled to begin this month and be completed before the start of the 2022 AFL Premiership season.
The Victorian government funded a series of facility upgrades at AFL training bases, many providing improved facilities for elite players and all providing significant benefits to the community.
These include major works at Kardinia Park in Geelong, Princes of Carlton Park, Western Bulldogs’ Whitten Oval, St Kilda’s Moorabbin Oval, Tullamarine Base in Essendon, Headquarters from Arden Street in North Melbourne, to the Punt Road Oval in Richmond and to the AFLW House in Victoria Park in Collingwood.
Melbourne Football Club Managing Director Gary Pert said “with our AFL and AFLW programs playing their home games on larger ovals – the MCG and Casey Fields – this upgrade will be essential in enabling our coaches to perform drills that mimic match day conditions “.
AFL Managing Director Gillon McLachlan thanked the Victorian government for its continued partnership and support, adding “from the community level to the elite, they continue to make football more accessible to all.”
Image courtesy of Melbourne Football Club
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