Sporting club starts on $550,000 upgrade

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Grant funding and plenty of hard work leads to a great facility for our community

This time next year the “Roosters’ nest”, the Two Wells Football and Netball Sporting Club’s home base, will look a whole lot different.

Now the 2013 season is out of the way, the club is set to start work on its long-awaited upgrade.

It is planned to have the project completed for the start of the 2014 football and netball seasons.

A working bee was held at the club on Sunday, September 29, to kick-start the $550,000 project, with members pitching it to pack away equipment, clear out change rooms and sort through years of football “stuff”.

No doubt there was the odd footy boot or two that had seen better days found amongst it all!

One of the major changes at the clubrooms will be the construction of new and improved change rooms, and the extension of the building to the south to incorporate a bigger dining area and new canteen and kitchen facilities.

With nothing major being done to the club’s building in the past 20 years, club president, Francis Pellizzari, said an overhaul was long overdue and the committee had been working tirelessly over the past few years to apply for grant funding and seek community support for the project.

Currently the players have basic showering facilities and ageing amenities in a cramped, poorly lit, room.

The opposition’s change rooms are not much better.

Francis said the new facility would see a more spacious area for the players to change in, with better showers and storage and also a designated area for the trainers.

To make way for the new change rooms the old kitchen and canteen area will be stripped back and redesigned, with a new area for them incorporated into the extension at the southern end of the building.

An umpires’ room and cricket storage shed will also be built to the rear of the clubrooms.

Access from the back of the building will also be a priority, with a planned doorway to allow people coming down from the netball courts easy entry into the clubrooms.

Female showers, a baby change area, and a merchandise room are also things the club is planning to include in its redevelopment.

“We’re entering an exiting time for our club,” Mr Pellizzari said.

“We’re coming off a few years of success, with the grand final win last year, and backing it up with another grand final appearance this year.

“The plan is that before the first ball is bounced in 2014, our renovations will be complete.

“And we have been nominated to host the grand final next year.

“For the first time since we joined this association, in 1987, we will host a grand final, so that’s a bit of an incentive for us to finish.”

Mr Pellizzari said the renovations had been a long time coming but the club was now moving forward.

“It’s all adding to the culture we’re trying to establish here; a family friendly community on and off the field,” he said.

The club is currently seeking assistance for the project from members, families and local tradies, with a “buy-a-paver” option just one way the local community can be involved.

It plans to sell pavers to the general public with names engraved on them to raise funds and give members, supporters, families and individuals the opportunity to contribute. Pavers will be sold for $100 per paver for the first paver, subsequent pavers are $70 each for immediate family members only.

Interested people can email the club, attention Alison Goss, at twowellsfc@sanflcfl.com.au.

Earlier this year the club received a $200,000 State grant for the project and has already raised $80,000 on its own, with a further $122,500 in funding sourced.

District Council of Mallala (DCM) is offering an $80,000 debenture loan; Bendigo Bank has pledged them $37,500 and Community Football SA has put up $5000.

DCM has also provided the club with a $20,000 grant from its community partnerships program, to go towards a new air-conditioning system and cool room for the redeveloped building.

Also this year the club was successful in gaining an Australian Football League grant of $50,000 but hoped to keep costs down with donations of time, labour and equipment.

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