Football NSW’s Facilities and Advocacy Unit have been travelling across the state to consult with various football associations and councils on the Football infrastructure priorities within each region.
With the Football NSW Football Facilities Audit now complete, The Facilities & Advocacy Unit turns their attention to the next phase of the process and the development of a ten-year Football Infrastructure Strategy.
The aim of the strategy is to create a strategic framework for the planning and development of Football infrastructure across NSW to help sustain current participation numbers and to help grow the game in the future.
The consultation workshops have taken place within the Sydney Metro, Western, Riverina and Southern Branches inviting in the relevant associations and councils to discuss the Football Facilities Audit results, barriers/issues, survey key findings, GIS mapping, development opportunities, infrastructure priorities, the creation of the Football framework and next steps.
The consultation workshops are one of the most important pieces of establishing the foundations of the strategy as the feedback provided will showcase Football’s infrastructure vision and ensure it is aligned with Local and State Government priorities.
Football NSW Infrastructure, Planning & Strategy Manager Jas Virdee acknowledged the hard work and collaboration between various organisations has slowly seen an uphill turn in the development of football facilities across the state.
“With input from associations and councils we will create a state-wide strategy and local football facility plans, which will drive the football facility supply, demand and investment into existing and future infrastructure projects.
“The strategy and local facility plans will highlight collaboration as the key driver for integrated planning between Local, State and Federal Governments and Football.
“This will strengthen relationships and help to achieve common objectives by improving infrastructure for the benefit of local communities”.
Further consultation with Football Associations, Local Councils and State Government will take place in the coming months with a draft NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy due by the end of the year.
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