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Pitch Update March 2022

By now members will be aware of the recent commitments by the City of Mitcham and our local Labor candidates, in the upcoming State election, to provide funding for our proposed hockey pitch development at the Unley High School.

This Newsletter provides an update on the steps your FHC Board has taken to achieve this.

Turning an idea into a project

In April 2020 we started developing the idea of a new home for Forestville at the Unley High School. To turn that idea into a deliverable project we have:

  • Secured the support of the School and approval from the Minister for Education to use part of the School site for a new pitch,
  • Obtained the approval of the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing to extend the time for using the grant money held by the club and to use the grant at the Unley High School,
  • Investigated the site, developed concept plans, and obtained cost estimates,
  • Prepared a Business Case to confirm new pitch is justified and financially viable.

Project outline

The concept plans for our new home include:

  • A new synthetic FIH compliant pitch. It is likely to be a hybrid sand dressed surface suitable for wet or dry use and will be set up to support hockey, netball, and touch football,
  • Fencing, landscaping and modern lighting,
  • A tech bench and team benches,
  • A Club room to support after training and match day use,
  • Change rooms.

An updated cost estimate obtained in November 2021 indicates a total project cost of between $3.9 and $4.1 million.

The pitch will be used by the school during school hours and by the club out of school hours.

How will we pay for the new pitch and buildings?

The club holds $1 million in grant money received from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing in 2018 which was received to build a pitch as part of the Women’s Memorial Playing Field redevelopment. This project proceeded without including the planned synthetic playing surfaces.

Completing the full planned development at Unley High School will require an additional $3 million. We can stage the development if we only secure a part of the total budget.

Since January 2021 the club has actively sought the additional funds. We have:

  • Applied for further grants from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing through their funding programs,
  • Met with our local members of the State and Federal parliaments to seek their advice and support in seeking funds from the State and Federal governments,
  • Made deputations to the City of Mitcham and the City of Unley and submitted detailed requests for funding support,
  • Written to the Premier and the State Leader of the Opposition to seek their support for the project,
  • Presented our concept plans and Business Case to elected members of parliament, and candidates from both major parties and Independents in the upcoming State and Federal elections seeking their support for our project,

What we have achieved!

The City of Mitcham, at its meeting on 8 February 2022, committed to provide $140,000 towards the project. Their commitment is contingent on the club securing sufficient funds to complete a first stage development including the new pitch with fencing and lighting and on addressing on-site parking, certain environmental concerns and undertaking community consultation.

The City of Unley have advised that our request for funding will be considered by the Council as part of its 2022-23 budget setting process.

Nadia Clancey, the Labor candidate for Elder, has announced a Malinauskas Labor Government will commit an additional $2 million to the development of a new synthetic pitch and clubrooms at Unley High School.

Together, the commitments by the City of Mitcham and a Malinauskas Labor government, will enable the club to build a new pitch along with a clubrooms.

Acknowledgements

The club’s Pitch sub-committee of Ali Boag, Peter Schembri, Paul Blenkiron and Simon Marsh have worked for the last 7 years to find a new home for our club. The sub-committee has received advice, support and encouragement from many people from within and outside the club and this assistance has been invaluable.

We would like to acknowledge and thank:

  • All of our local members of the State and Federal parliaments and the candidates for the upcoming State and Federal elections who have met with us to understand our club’s needs and our proposed development. They have been consistently enthusiastic about our proposal and have provided valuable advice and encouragement.
  • The elected members and management of both the City of Mitcham and the City of Unley who have invited us to present to their councils and to consider our funding requests.
  • The City of Mitcham for their funding commitment of $140,000 towards the project.
  • The Unley High School staff and School Council and the Minister for Education who have embraced the opportunity to develop a shared school and community asset at the school.
  • The Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing and the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing who have varied the terms of our grant agreement to permit us to use the $995,000 grant at the Unley High School and to extend the time for using the grant to enable us to develop the concept plans and seek the additional funding we require to complete the project.

Most importantly we acknowledge the State Labor election commitment of an additional $2 million funding for the project and thank our local Labor candidates, Nadia Clancey, Jayne Stinson, Ryan Harrison and Catherine Hutcheson.

The next steps

The club will continue to promote our project and to seek bi-partisan support to fund the development.

As State and Federal election campaigns progress, we ask you all to contact your local State and Federal candidates to tell them how much a new home will mean to our club, your participation in Hockey and our local school and sporting communities.

 

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2022 FHC Academy Scholarship Award Winners

We would like to congratulate our 2022 FHC Academy Scholarship Award Winners;

Evie Nicholson and Woody Nelson

Well done to both of you!

Thank you to all participants and coaches involved in this development program. We congratulate you for all your hard work and efforts; these efforts do not go unnoticed.

Well done to everyone & we look forward to the new season ahead!

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Hookin2Hockey skill development program begins in February

Forestville Hockey Club begins delivering Hockey Australia’s national skill development program, Hookin2Hockey, from Sunday 20 February 2022.

If you are 5 to 11 years old and interested in playing hockey , Hookin2Hockey is designed to give girls and boys the opportunity to learn the basic skills of hockey, develop fundamental motor skills and make friends all while beginning a lifelong love of hockey!

Forestville Hockey Club is a thriving family and community focused hockey club in Adelaide’s inner south. All Hookin2Hockey sessions are delivered from our club rooms at Goodwood Oval, Fairfax Ave, Millswood. We have a strong history in providing a fun and engaging junior program and we welcome new players to participate in a great team sport, in a friendly club environment.

Interested? You can register via the Forestville Registration Portal.

For more information email juniors@fhc.com.au or call Lauren on 0402 857 981

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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.