The AFL and AFL Victoria have pledged $500,000 for the redevelopment of Coburg City Oval.
The Coburg City Oval redevelopment project is set to upgrade and refurbish the grandstand pavilion facility to make it an iconic premier football facility within the City of Moreland and is being developed in partnership with the Victorian Government and Moreland City Council.
The $6.75 million redevelopment will benefit the Coburg Football Club, West Coburg Football Club, Coburg Masters Football Club, Coburg FIDA team, Coburg Auskick and the Essendon and District Football League, as well as a range of other community groups.
Enhancements to the facility includes major improvements to the changerooms and amenities to upgrade to contemporary state league standards including catering to both female and male participants. The project will also provide a new community/function room, refurbished grandstand seating and public toilets.
The facility will provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for women, driving increased female participation.
By promoting diversity and inclusion, the exciting redevelopment will support player, umpire and administrator pathways and ensure the growth of junior participation by setting a clear talent pathway with the Coburg Lions who are based at Coburg City Oval.
Head of AFL Victoria Rick Bell said the redevelopment is set to benefit a broad range of football stakeholders from Auskick through to the VFL.
“We’re excited to see the range of groups that will benefit from this redevelopment. These State League facilities are so important to many football stakeholders and provide a real beacon for football in these regions, not only hosting VFL games, but provide opportunities at local level and as an important EDFL Finals venue.
“We’re proud to be assisting in the redevelopment to make Coburg City Oval an iconic football hub in Melbourne’s north, and these improvements will undoubtedly support participation numbers for both males and females and from Auskick all the way through the pathway to the VFL,” Mr. Bell said.
General Manager of Coburg Football Club Sebastian Spagnuolo said the new facility at Coburg City Oval will benefit the wider football community for many years.
“We can’t wait to show off our new home once the project is complete.
“The upgraded facility will continue to allow our club to provide fantastic football opportunities in a modern facility, which caters more appropriately to females and people of all abilities which our club values deeply.
“The Coburg Football Club is so thankful for the AFL and AFL Vic’s investment into the Coburg City Oval facility project. Having the AFL and AFL Vic join both the State Government and Moreland City Council as project contributors and partners, provides our club with great assurance that our standing as the community’s peak sporting club is appreciated and respected enough to invest into,” he said.
AFL Victoria would like to thank the Victorian Government and Moreland City Council for their investment into the precinct.
Throughout the past 12 months, the AFL has worked closely with State and Local Government, to help contribute to football facilities across the State with an overall total project cost of over $95 million, developing over 60 facilities in Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne.