We are pleased to hear that some groups are well catered for currently and for the next few years as that will enable BCSC to schedule the development of facilities in the new recreational area according to need. Starting with Aquatics which has been ‘needed’ for 30 years.
Here is the first of these statements from the Phillip Island Football Netball Club.
“Our club is absolutely bursting at the seams with players/ members and volunteers and have very quickly outgrown our existing facilities. We have over 700 playing members throughout our football/ netball/ Auskick and Net Set Go.
A breakdown of the numbers approximately 150 footballers, 100 netballers all play on Saturday. On every Sunday we have 2 sides in our under 10, 12, 14. We then have our girls play also which equates to 180. Our numbers are so high we send 3 teams of netball to Cranbourne to play each week (50 girls). We are starting up an over 35s this year and already have approx. 35 players signed up. Then with Auskick we have approx 200 young boys and girls, and lots of young NSG.
The club desperately needs another playing oval, with lights, so we can schedule training nights for them all. We seriously struggle to give all our players a decent amount of time to train with the one oval; our senior footballers generally start pre-season in December and find it extremely hard as the cricket club have control of THE oval. Our junior footballers start their pre-season in late January and suffer the same access to the oval. Our season runs from early April to mid-September.
I couldn’t think of a better training facility than an aquatic centre. In a sporting hub, our players would be able to take advantage of doing swimming and weights sessions instead of slugging it out on wet and muddy ovals in the extremely cold winters we are famous for.”
Chris Ross, President,
Phillip Island Football Netball Club