The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund continues to be kind to football clubs in Sydney with Rydalmere Park receiving $5 million towards the major upgrade and improvement of the venue.
State Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee made the announcement on Friday 25 January at Rydalmere Park alongside City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson and Rydalmere FC President Peter Bacha.
City of Parramatta have successfully obtained $5 million in funding which is the maximum amount available from the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund.
Football NSW CEO, Stuart Hodge said, “This funding will greatly assist Rydalmere FC and Granville & District Soccer Football Association”.
“The new synthetic field at Rydalmere Park will be the first ever synthetic field in the Granville & District Soccer Football Association (GDSFA). This is a fantastic result for the oldest football association in NSW” commented Mr Hodge.
Rydalmere Park will see a new synthetic field installed on the main field, the improvement of floodlighting at the park to host night games, spectator seating and other significant upgrades to the site.
Synthetic fields allow double the amount of usage compared to synthetic fields, allowing football and the local community use of the facility all year round. The synthetic field will allow competitions and training to continue uninterrupted while providing a consistent and safe surface.
Open space is becoming difficult to obtain for football which is the largest team-based sport in the Australia and NSW. Facility funding from the State Government
The total value of the project at Rydalmere Park is $7.8 million with City of Parramatta committing to the remainder of the funding.