United fi­nally finds a home

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - BRENT O’NEILL

GOLD Coast United chair­man Danny Ma­her says foot­ball across the en­tire re­gion stands to gain from city coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to grant the club per­ma­nent use of Talle­budgera’s Co­plick Fam­ily Sports Park.

Bring­ing to an end more than 12 months of ne­go­ti­a­tions, coun­cil yesterday rub­ber-stamped United’s move into Co­plick af­ter the club spent the 2018 sea­son split­ting time be­tween Car­rara Sports Precinct and Robina Sta­tion Re­serve.

The Surf­siders had been train­ing at the venue on a tem­po­rary ba­sis since last month and will now set about de­vel­op­ing a three-field train­ing base and ad­min­is­tra­tion head­quar­ters.

“It’s been an enor­mous amount of work to se­cure a new home,” Ma­her said.

“The club are very priv­i­leged to be granted the op­por­tu­nity to use this fan­tas­tic, mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar fa­cil­ity.

“It is truly first class and among one of the best in this re­gion and sees the club very well po­si­tioned to build on a tremen­dous first year and look to achieve the goals that have been set to pro­vide the very best op­por­tu­ni­ties to lo­cal young foot­ballers to fol­low their dreams.

“Hav­ing Co­plick is a mas­sive boost not only for the club but for foot­ball gen­er­ally on the Gold Coast. Our role is to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties for all young lo­cal foot­ballers to suc­ceed and LO­CAL coun­cil­lor Gail O’Neill said while coun­cil would con­tinue to man­age the use of the fields, she was elated to pro­vide a home for the club. “To have a top-tier foot­ball team op­er­at­ing from this fa­cil­ity is a great out­come for both par­ties and shows our in­vest­ment in the fa­cil­ity has paid off,” she said.

Coun­cil has de­liv­ered a mas­sive vote of faith in Gold Coast United to con­tinue our ef­forts to grow and de­liver for foot­ball in the re­gion.”

Sports Gold Coast chair­man Ge­off Smith, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion played a ma­jor role in se­cur­ing the fa­cil­ity, said the move was “a boost to Gold Coast United’s con­fi­dence and en­ergy lev­els”.

“Sports Gold Coast ap­pre­ci­ate the faith and trust that had been placed in Gold Coast United by Coun­cil to utilise this $10 mil­lion plus fa­cil­ity and is con­fi­dent that they will be re­warded with mas­sive div­i­dends in the long term for the sport­ing com­mu­nity across the Gold Coast,” Smith said.

“There’s still a lot of hard work and chal­lenges ahead with the re­build­ing of the ex­ist­ing club­house, fenc­ing, etc, but Gold Coast United and its hard­work­ing, ded­i­cated board and vol­un­teers are up for that chal­lenge.”

The pri­or­ity is now to de­ter­mine the works re­quired for the club­house to be op­er­a­tional as soon as pos­si­ble.

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