Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC with representatives from Football Nth NSW and Hamilton Olympic Football Club at Darling Street Oval

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres has today announced that football clubs from around NSW will once again benefit from the $4.1 million invested back into local football clubs from the 2015 Asian Cup Legacy Fund.

 Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said Hamilton Olympic Football Club will receive $72,407 for installation of new floodlighting at Darling Street Oval in Hamilton South.

 “It is fantastic to see that this major international sporting event hosted in 2015 has been able to continue to benefit grassroots sport by helping to boost local participation through these successful grants,” Mr MacDonald said.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said: “The second round of the fund will see 19 projects worth more than $2.3 million go towards improving the quality and quantity of local club facilities across the state.”

Hamilton Olympic FC Chairman Christo Patsan said the club has DA approval for a comprehensive redevelopment of Darling Street Oval. This includes a new grandstand and amenities complex, expansion of training facilities and floodlighting.

 “We thank Scot McDonald and the NSW Government for their continued support of local sport. This grant is an important step forward in our redevelopment of Darling Street Oval into a year-round boutique football stadium,” Mr Patsan said.

 NSW Football CEO David Eland said the collaborative effort of the NSW Government, Football NSW (FNSW) and Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has enabled local clubs to benefit.

 “Along with supporting participation, we will see flow-on effects such as these upgraded and new facilities creating stronger communities – whilst improving the overall experience for players, coaches and spectators,” Mr Eland said.

 “With more than 280,000 registered players now playing football in NSW, it is the financial support from initiatives such as this legacy fund that will ensure the future of Football continues to grow around the state.”

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source: Tom Tsamouras

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