Mulgoa Rise Playing Fields, known to the locals as “The Nest” has seen the clubs amenity building expanded as part of Stage 2 of the development.
Glenmore Park FC who calls Mulgoa Rise Playing Fields their home is the largest club in the Nepean Football Association recording 1,196 registered participants in the 2021 winter season.
In the shortened 2021 winter season, almost 7,800 Penrith LGA residents participated in football.
Active Kids Voucher redemption in the Penrith LGA also emphasised the popularity of football in the area with over 5,000 children claiming the Active Kids Voucher in 2021 making it the largest sport in the Penrith LGA.
Stage 2 of the development included the addition of two additional change rooms to service the three full size fields at The Nest.
Additional toilets were added, further landscaping throughout the site and the expansion of the clubs BBQ facility.
“BBQ facilities are a vital aspect of any community club. Canteen and BBQ revenue provides much needed funding for local grassroots clubs,” said Football NSW’s Manager Government Relations, Funding and Infrastructure Daniel Ristic.
“A key objective from the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy over the next 10 years is to increase and improve gender neutral player and match official change room provision.”
Penrith City Council were successful in the gaining the majority of the funding ($649,600) from the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Sport Facility Fund.
The NSW Government Community Building Partnership program provided $20,000.
Glenmore Park FC contributing $3,000 to the upgrades.
Penrith City Council has been identified as one of the top 10 NSW LGA future demand hot spots in the next 10 years.
Penrith City Council is predicted to see population growth of approximately 60,000 in the next 10 years.
With the current 3.8% state average participation rate applied, the Penrith area is expected to see an additional 2,300 participants between 2021 and 2031.
The increase in participation will require upgraded and renewed facilities across Penrith to ensure the city can cope with the upcoming demand for football.