Pumped up about footy fa­cil­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stadiums In The Spotlight – Cockburn - By KRISTIE LIM

CITY of Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett has set a chal­lenge for Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club’s men’s and women’s teams to be the first to add a premier­ship tro­phy to its new Cock­burn Cen­tral West fa­cil­ity.

“All we need is a tro­phy or two in the cab­i­net as the Dock­ers set­tle into their new home.

“Will it be the men or women who pre­vail?”

Cock­burn’s $109 mil­lion fa­cil­ity fea­tures the Docker’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, AFL and com­mu­nity ovals, three 18m-high wa­ter­slides, six-court multi-pur­pose sta­dium, gym, crèche and café.

Project part­ner Curtin Univer­sity use the lec­ture the­atres, shared lab­o­ra­to­ries and test­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the Cock­burn Aquatic and Recre­ation Cen­tre (ARC).

The Dock­ers moved from Fre­man­tle oval to Cock­burn in Fe­bru­ary, while the ARC of­fi­cially opened to the pub­lic in May.

Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Rosich said it took a while to set­tle into the spa­cious and elite sur­round­ings that were a “far cry” from Fre­man­tle oval – the club’s orig­i­nal home of 21 years.

“Firstly, it is go­ing to as­sist greatly with player at­trac­tion and re­ten­tion, which is re­ally com­pet­i­tive in the AFL land­scape,” he said.

“Se­condly, once we have ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties for a sus­tained pe­riod, it is go­ing to im­pact our abil­ity to get the most out of pre­sea­son and then in-sea­son type timeta­bles.”

Mr Rosich said while it was a chal­leng­ing de­ci­sion to move away from Fre­man­tle oval, there was far greater com­mu­nity in­ter­ac­tion at Cock­burn, which catered for 3000 fans at open train­ing ses­sions.

He said it was un­likely AFLW games would be played at Cock­burn Cen­tral West but the club was in talks to host a game at the new Perth Sta­dium, on top of two games at Fre­man­tle Oval.

Mr Howlett said the elite ath­letes at the fa­cil­ity had given com­mu­nity mem­bers a real buzz.

“It’s amaz­ing to see peo­ple of all ages en­gag­ing with the Dock­ers men’s and women’s squads or even to hear the con­ver­sa­tions about who they saw or spoke to – it is cre­at­ing a won­der­ful story that will be re­peated over and over,” he said.

Cock­burn ARC man­ager Brett Mcewin said more than 20,000 peo­ple vis­ited the ARC each week, which equalled about a mil­lion vis­i­tors in its first year of op­er­a­tion.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing at Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club’s new Cock­burn Cen­tral West fa­cil­ity.

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