A new home for the Forestville Hockey Club

Established in Unley in 1905, our club has deep connections with both the Unley and Mitcham Council areas. By re-establishing a new home in our club’s traditional heartland, we’ll be adding a fresh chapter to that history while providing much-needed facilities to serve the broader Unley and Mitcham communities.

Building a new community institution

We have called on both City of Unley and City of Mitcham for their support and financial investment, which will leverage State Government grants and proposed Federal Government funding and secure access to these new facilities and open spaces for community-based sport. The proposal will also free up valuable space at Goodwood Oval for community use.

A sport for everyone

We are a proudly integrated sport, with both men and women’s teams afforded equal footing as part of a vibrant community. Forestville members play in International, National, State and local competition, with teams fielded in Premier League, junior and senior community and social competitions. Our sport caters to everyone from ages 7 to 75, offering a welcome source of outdoor physical activity and a strong sense of community spirit.

Visualisation of new pitch and facilities (Detail Studio)

Deep roots and a healthy track record

Operating since 1905, Forestville has a proven track record of providing sport to the community. Looking forward, we have outlined a business model which ensures the club will generate the funding required to meet all operating costs, and substantially cover the cost of periodic major maintenance. Our detailed business plan also demonstrates the value this proposal will bring to the school, local community, Forestville Hockey Club and the SA hockey community.

New opportunities for school sports

The new pitch will enable Unley High School to re-establish its hockey programs and, provides a new opportunity for the six other schools within 2 kilometres, that could use the pitch for training and play. Adding hockey to the mix of sports available to students will give younger members of our community a fun and rewarding alternative to other sporting codes, while helping grow the sport’s profile and engagement among the next generation of South Australians.

Preliminary site plans (Detail Studio)

 A big impact with a light footprint

The pitch is situated on the Western perimeter of the school site, minimising the impact of club operations on the school and local residents while maintaining easy access for students and the community.

We plan to build a new clubroom, change rooms, tech bench and dugouts as part of the proposal. The site, and low profile of these developments, has been chosen to limit the impact on neighbours. The clubrooms are of a small scale to integrate with the school’s existing buildings while providing essential facilities for training and match days. These clubrooms will have a family-friendly focus, helping us build a welcoming atmosphere catering to all ages.

A much-needed local presence

At present, the lack of facilities in the area means players must travel to external venues like Gepps Cross for training and matches, presenting an inconvenient barrier to the participation of many potential players and a financial burden to the club. Through this new pitch, local club members of all ages and levels will be able to train and play much closer to home. They’ll be able to access local facilities to develop their skills and appreciation for the game throughout the year and contribute to a strong sense of community for the club, sport and the local area.

A chance to grow

We expect to grow our membership to 500 members by recruiting new junior members, retaining existing members and reconnecting with players who have stepped away from regular participation. By providing conveniently situated and accessible facilities, we’ll be better placed to support the continued engagement of a broad range of players, including school leavers, young women, parents, and older players.