Soccer Clubs welcome Boroondara Council decision on Dorothy Laver playing fields
Ashburton-based soccer clubs, Ashburton United Soccer Club and Alamein Football Club, welcome the decision this week by Boroondara Council to establish a soccer focussed facility at Dorothy Laver Reserve West with two full sized fields and all-year round access.
The clubs acknowledge that this has been a long-sought outcome for the soccer community in Boroondara which has grown rapidly over the last few years. There are now some 3000 girls and boys, men and women playing for Boroondara soccer clubs, and around two-thirds of whom live in Boroondara. A further 1000 plus Boroondara residents play for clubs outside Boroondara and it is hoped the new facility will attract them to play for local soccer clubs.
Both clubs thanked the Boroondara Council and its officers for their leadership and endorsement of the needs of community-based football which is becoming an all-year round sport.
The clubs particularly welcomed the decision of Council to prioritise juniors, girls and women, indigenous and players with disabilities.
“Having just lost the girls football centre at Batesford Reserve in Monash, this will mean our girls and women will have a new community football home as will our planned team for players with disabilities”, said Ashburton President Bob Stensholt.
Bill Gaganis, President of Alamein Football Club said “As one of the few female-only soccer clubs in Victoria, we are delighted that there will be a new home for girls and women to play both for enjoyment as well as to achieve their best at the highest level.”
Contacts: Bill Gaganis 0425 844 979 or 9249 9608 and Bob Stensholt 0428 131 634