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.


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.



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.



Premier League and Metro 1 Games Commence Saturday March 20th 2021

Hockey SA Metropolitan Competition kicks off this weekend with Forestville Hockey Club playing Port Adelaide District Hockey Club.

Games commence at 12:30pm at the State Hockey Centre Pitch 1.

Come along and support a Panther and watch or Premier league and Metro 1 men’s and women’s teams play.


Forestville’s Junior training program has started.

Forestville Hockey Club welcomes new players.

Have child who is interested?
Check out the training times on our Junior Program page and attend one of our training sessions or contact our junior coordinator at

It’s not to late to join a team in the senior competition.

Women’s teams in the m3, M4 and M5 competition train on Tuesday nights, 8pm to 9pm at Christian Brothers College Pitch, above Ifound St, Adelaide.

Men’s teams in the M2 M4 and M5 competition train on Thursday nights, 8:30pm to 9:30pm at Christian Brothers College Pitch, above Ifound St, Adelaide.


Thank you Megan Folland for the image.
























Get your People’s Choice Community Lottery Tickets before February 19th 2021

Forestville Hockey Club wasn’t able to undertake a lot of fundraising activities last season due to Covid19 restrictions.

Fortunately People’s Choice Credit Union Community Lottery was able to provide clubs with an online portal to sell lottery ticket.

100% of the value of tickets sold via the Forestville Hockey Club link go to our club.

Get your tickets today.

Forestville Hockey Club

Ticket Sales Close on 19th February 2021

Main Prize Draw on 26th February 2021

Main Prize Winners notified on 2nd March 2021


2021 Preseason Training has begun

Forestville Hockey Club is preparing for the 2021 season.

For information on training sessions for women contact Ian Jennings on 0437 086 841 or at

For information on training sessions for Men contact David Holland on 0417 399 957 or at


2020 AGM Forestville Hockey Club

The 2020 Forestville Hockey Club AGM will be held at 11am on Sunday 13th December 2020 at the Goodwood Cricket Club, Goodwood Oval Complex, Curzon Ave Millswood.
Please note venue change.
(Subject to Covid-19 restrictions)

Documents for this meeting are available via the links below

Proposed Agenda

Management Committee Nomination Form

Nomination for Proxy Form

Proposed New Constitution

Minutes from 2019 AGM

2020 Annual Report (To Follow)

Please send agenda items, nomination forms and proxy voting forms to by Saturday 5th December 2020.


A big thank you to Goodwood Cricket Club for their generosity in helping us out at short notice.

2018 Junior Reports

The hard-working, superstar coaches of our many junior teams have drummed up some fabulous team reports, reflecting on the 2018 season. Links are below.

From our 2018 Junior Coordinator, Julie Mills:

Forestville has enjoyed one of its most successful junior seasons for many years. We had 12 teams competing across Under 9’s to Under 18’s and in total nearly 140 junior players in these teams (Under 9’s and Under 11’s are smaller teams on quarter and half field pitches).

We had two premiership wins – Under 11 White mixed and Under 18 B boys, and another top of the table performance from Under 9 Blue (no official premiership in this age group). The Under 13B boys were runners up, Under 13A girls and Under 18B girls were third, Under 15 girls missed finals by a single goal and all teams had many good wins over the season.

Four players were selected for the U12 state teams (Charlee W, Ella B, Lucy N and Sam W) with Ella and Lucy also selected for the U13 state team, and Ruby selected as a train on. These players and several more were also selected for the Developing Athlete program with Hockey SA, so the future is looking bright.

A huge thanks to so many willing helpers for the season, the coaches, the managers and the junior committee, who all give up their time to help make our junior program the success it is. As always the best thing is to see our junior players out there every week, developing their hockey, forming and cementing friendships, and above all having fun. We hope to see everyone back to do it again in 2019!

Coaches’ reports:

Summer Junior Development Academy

We are inviting all children between the ages of 11 and 16 (inclusive) to attend our six-week Junior Development Academy this summer, starting on November 25.

The Academy sessions will be conducted by Forestville’s Premier League coaches and players and will offer intensive training on a range of individual skills. These include:

·       goal scoring
·       tackling
·       offensive and defensive positioning
·       evasion skills
·       game knowledge
·       team skills

Sessions are designed for juniors of varying ages and skill levels. The Academy is a fantastic opportunity for our junior Panthers to improve skills and technique before the 2019 season, while meeting and learning from some of our club’s best players and coaches.

There are 6 sessions in total, 3 before Christmas and 3 in February. All sessions will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:00am – 11:00am.

Session schedule:
·       Sunday 25 November, State Hockey Centre
·       Sunday 2 December, State Hockey Centre
·       Sunday 9 December, State Hockey Centre

·       Sunday 3 February 2019, Adelaide Uni Hockey Club
·       Sunday 10 February 2019, Adelaide Uni Hockey Club
·       Sunday 17 February 2019, Adelaide Uni Hockey Club

To register for the FHC Junior Development Academy, please send your name and contact details, and the name and age of your child/children to

Cost: $60 per child for the whole course – only $10 per session! This fee has been significantly subsidised thanks to a development grant the club has received through the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing.

Full payment of $60 can be made prior to the first session via bank transfer to our club account:

Forestville Hockey Club
BSB: 105-096
Account: 06-004-2440
Reference: Academy + Surname

If you have any queries about the Junior Development Academy, please don’t hesitate to flick us an email.

2018 AGM

It’s time for the 2018 Forestville Hockey Club AGM! Come along to catch up with fellow members and hear about the club’s great achievements of 2018.

Date: Tuesday 11 December
Time: Starting at 7:00pm
Where: Our trusty clubrooms, Fairfax Ave, Millswood
RSVP: via our Facebook event page
This is your chance to put up your hand to help in the new year! Do you love working with people? Are you a gun grant-writer? Are you an aspiring events planner? Renowned for your organisational skills? Love counting money? Whatever your skills, knowledge, interests; whether you can contribute one hour or 100 hours, there will be an opportunity for you to get involved in 2019.
Nominations for Office Bearers and Committee Members can be submitted via the nomination form. A proxy form, the draft AGM agenda and minutes of the 2017 AGM are also available.
Any special business that members may like to discuss should be sent in writing prior to the AGM:
By post: Forestville Hockey Club Secretary, PO Box 3268 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
At the conclusion of the AGM an update on the progress of the new pitch will be presented.

2018 FHC Raffle Results

Did you buy a raffle ticket or ten for our recent FHC raffle? Winning tickets were drawn at our Senior Presentation Dinner on the 19th of October. If you have one of the tickets below, please get in touch to collect your prize by emailing

First prize – Ticket #655
Second prize – Ticket #1832
Third prize – Ticket #255
Fourth prize – Ticket #2673
Fifth prize – Ticket #1993
Sixth prize – Ticket #2623