Rebuild takes Sporting Club to a proud new era
The exciting promise of hosting this year’s Adelaide Plains Football League’s grand final in September is a just reward for all the “blood, sweat and tears” shed by volunteers at Two Wells Football and Netball Sporting Club as its long-awaited upgrade comes to completion.
The new extension and renovations has long been overdue, with the club often ruled out of hosting the major event of the year, the grand final, because of a lack of suitable changing and toilet facilities.
“That was what started the whole project,” TWF&NSC president Francis Pellizzari said. “Our change rooms weren’t up to scratch.
“The need for better change room facilities that includes adequate toilet and showering facilities was the main driver behind the project.”
Mr Pellizzari said the redevelopment, which includes new bar and canteen facilities, extended dining area and verandah, as well as the improved and enlarged change rooms, an umpires room, merchandising area, and room for the Two Wells Cricket Club, had been a long process, with many months in the planning, demolition, construction and now, finishing stages.
The club staged its first home game against United on May 10, with the league generous enough to change the club’s original first home game against Hamley Bridge on April 12 to the oval at Hamley.
Mr Pellizzari said the upgrade is all but complete, with a few smaller projects on the exterior, particularly the back retaining wall, still to be completed, and feedback from club members and the broader community about the project had been extremely positive.
“We’ve had lots of support from players and members, which has been terrific,” Mr Pellizzari said.
“The feedback has been fantastic. People are extremely proud and happy at the end result.
“It’s invigorated the facility. When people look at it and try to visualise what we had before, they are quite amazed at the transformation.
“It’s certainly set the club up in terms of having a facility to serve the club and the community for many years to come.”
The $500,000 project was years in the making, with Mr Pellizzari estimating the club had received an astonishing in-kind support of around $100,000.
Major grants were received from the State Government’s Office for Sport and Recreation ($200,000), the AFL Facilities Fund ($50,000), the SA Community Football League ($5000), and Bendigo Bank ($37,500).
The District Council of Mallala also contributed through its local funding programs, which enabled the club to purchase airconditioning, a new cool room, chairs, and tables.
The Two Wells Cricket Club also won a grant of $6000, from the Office for Sport and Recreation.
Mr Pellizzari said while the club renovation was almost complete, it was important the committee still look to the future needs of its members and the improvements it could make.
“As a club now we’ve got to be conscious of maintaining our existing facilities,” he said.
“But there is also still plenty of work to be done at our club, including installing four new lights at the netball courts, lights around the oval, our scoreboard needs an overhaul, the coaches boxes need an overhaul, there is still plenty of work to be done.
“Our next biggest major infrastructure spend would be putting new lights around the oval.”
The club hopes to stage an official grand opening at the end of the 2014 season but in the meantime is calling on all past and present members to support the club by participating in its paver fundraising initiative.
Personalised pavers, which will feature at the southern end of the redeveloped clubrooms, are now available to purchase.
Each paver costs $100 with a maximum of 34 characters.
Extra pavers per person/family can then be purchased at $70 per paver.
Mr Pellizzari said the paver initiative was a fantastic opportunity for past players and members, and the broader public to be involved in the project.
“It’s a chance to be a part of the history at the club again,” he said.
“Those pavers will be there for years to come (and) it’s a way for past people that probably can’t contribute financially to the project, to be a part of it.”
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With the clubrooms, canteen, bar and change room facilities now of a high standard and being used each training night and at home games, the club is looking forward to the future.
“From a committee point of view we’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved,” Mr Pellizzari said.
“We’ve had organisations come to us to hire our facilities for conferences.
“Given the facilities we had before we would not have even entertained them.
“What we’ve created is now a legacy for the community.
“I’d like to give a massive thanks to the committee and to everybody that has contributed, not only from the club but from the wider community.
“At the end of the day this has been for the community, and we are very proud of what we have achieved and the change we have made for the club’s future.”