Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Football West looks to multiple artificial turf installations

Football West looks to multiple artificial turf installations
June 11, 2016

The recent opening of Western Australia’s first full-size artificial turf football field at the City of Gosnells’ Mills Park in Beckenham appears to mark the start of a trend for a number of other installations in metropolitan Perth.

With changing climatic conditions and an increased demand for high quality pitches Football West recognises the increased interest in synthetic playing surfaces, with plans for similar fields at Ellenbrook and Murdoch.

Speaking after the opening of the artificial turf pitches as part of the first stage of the $47 million Mills Park redevelopment, Football West acting Chief Executive Keith Wood said the move was good for the game.

Wood told The West Australian “player registrations continue to grow, which, of course, means our clubs require more and more space.

“In recent years, we’ve had some clubs that are unable to accommodate the demand for places simply because they don’t have enough grounds.

“Artificial surfaces are able to cope with a lot more traffic, which means more players are out there kicking a ball.”

Beckenham Angels Soccer Club President Paul Grove said growth in women’s football meant more teams were trying to play on existing pitches.

Grove explained “you get a lot of mud and holes and upkeep issues.

“Synthetics give you a smooth playing surface all year round and you don’t have to worry about the grass.

“From a club perspective, we have the potential that our 13-year-old juniors all the way up to our State premiers will do home training and home matches on synthetic and most of the time playing away they will be on turf, so they’ll get to know both surfaces,” he said.

WA Local Government Association President Lynne Craigie said councils were coming under increasing pressure in the provision of local playing facilities to meet their community’s needs, while facing a reduction in funding sources such as the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund.

Craigie stated “we support councils in exploring options that ensure their facilities continue to deliver a positive experience to local communities and will continue to advocate for adequate funding to allow them to do so.”

The Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation has issued guidance artificial turf and natural grass applications.

Click here to view the WADSR guidance.

3rd June 2016 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PREMIER SAYS NEW MILLS PARK COMPLEX SETS A ‘BENCHMARK’ FOR SPORTING FACILITIES

22nd December 2015 - SMART CONNECTION CONSULTANCY PARTNERS TO PROVIDE ONE STOP SOLUTIONS FOR SPORT

16th April 2015 - NEW GUIDANCE ON SYNTHETIC SPORTS SURFACE PROVISION AND USAGE


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 

QUAYCLEAN

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business