Pav­il­ion sport boost

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

The City of Rock­ing­ham of­fi­cially opened the new Bal­divis South Sports Pav­il­ion on Thurs­day, cap­ping off a land­mark mo­ment for both the Bal­divis Soc­cer Club and the Bal­divis Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cen­tre.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels was joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both clubs, Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby as well as fel­low coun­cil­lors Deb Ham­blin, Matt Whit­field, Lee Down­ham, Joy Ste­wart and Leigh Li­ley in open­ing the new fa­cil­ity.

Built at a cost of just over $4 mil­lion, the new pav­il­ion took just over a year to com­plete and in­cludes a multi-pur­pose hall, meet­ing room, servery kitchen, first-aid room and chang­ing rooms.

The de­vel­op­ment also fea­tures two full-sized soc­cer pitches, a 400m ath­let­ics track, syn­thetic long jump run-ups and pits and a syn­thetic cricket wicket.

Mr Sam­mels said the pav­il­ion was part of a num­ber of projects in Bal­divis that res­i­dents could look for­ward to, with projects such as an en­closed dog park, the Bal­divis South Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and stage one of the Bal­divis District Sport­ing Com­plex on the hori­zon.

Dur­ing the open­ing, Bal­divis Soc­cer Club pres­i­dent Phil Williams lauded the new fa­cil­ity while fondly look­ing back on the tremen­dous growth the club had ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the past five years. “We started the club in 2012 with one team — lit­tle did we know that in five years we would have such a su­perb fa­cil­ity,” Mr Williams said.

Af­ter con­sec­u­tive league ti­tles in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Mr Williams said the club had grown to the point it was ready to open its doors to ju­nior teams in 2015.

“In 2015 we had our registration day at a lo­cal park and we didn’t think we’d have many peo­ple turn up — four hours later all the pens had run out of ink and we had about 12 teams,” he said. “Now we have 19 teams.” The new fa­cil­ity is lo­cated on Eighty Road near Peck­ham Boule­vard.

Pic­tures: Ai­den Boy­ham

The new Bal­divis South Sports Pav­il­ion was of­fi­cially opened on Thurs­day.

Coun­cil­lors Leigh Li­ley, Joy Ste­wart and deputy mayor Deb Ham­blin at the open­ing.

Bal­divis Soc­cer Club pres­i­dent Phil Williams, manager com­mu­nity and leisure fa­cil­i­ties Nick Brown and Mayor Barry Sam­mels.

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