20 Apr 2023 Media Release

Croydon soccer scores new hub

The next generation of home-grown soccer stars in Croydon can look forward to celebrating the big wins in a new two storey sports pavilion, soccer pitches and more at Dorset Recreation Reserve, thanks to the Victorian Government.

Member for North-Eastern Metropolitan Sonja Terpstra MP today joined Maroondah City Council Mayor, Cr Rob Steane and the Croydon City Arrows Soccer Club to officially open the new facilities, made possible by a $2 million investment from the Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

The new two-storey female friendly pavilion includes six player change rooms and two umpire change rooms for local sports to stage more training and the big games.

There’s also a new full size synthetic soccer pitch and grass soccer pitch both with 150 lux LED lighting, and another two warm-up pitches marked for futsal and volleyball.

The new building provides a modern home for the growing ranks at Croydon City as well as local groups including the Eastern Karen Community Association and Maroondah’s Chin Community.

It’s the perfect base for local teams to grow their ranks and host more competitions. Community clubs can stage more events and nearby schools will also be able to source the pavilion.

The Victorian Budget 2022-23 is providing an additional $88 million to deliver new and improved community sports infrastructure and programs to boost participation in local sports clubs and organisations.

It’s part of more than $1.6 billion invested by the Victorian Government into community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.

Today’s event follows the recent release of the government’s Fair Access Policy Roadmap, an initiative to ensure women and girls get equal access to community sport facilities across the state.

Ms Terpstra acknowledged Maroondah City Council for its $5.5 million financial contribution and the Australian Government for its $2 million contribution to the project.

For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit sport.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for North-Eastern Metropolitan Sonja Terpstra:

“The new pavilion and pitches are a game-changer for the area. Local sport and community groups now have a home they can depend for events big and small.”

“Female friendly facilities also mean local clubs can encourage more women and girls to sign up and join in the fun.”

“We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or what gender they are.”