The Casey Fields Football Centre of Excellence is starting to take shape!
Having only turned the first sod at the Cranbourne East site in February, four new football pitches – three synthetics and one turf – have already been laid in preparation for a scheduled launch of the facility in March 2020.
The building pad for the pavilion (pictured to the left of the pitches) – which encompasses eight change rooms and a social room – has also taken shape.
Stage 1 of the Centre of Excellence is an $18 million project, $5m of which came from the State Government’s GAIC fund and $13m of which came from the City of Casey.
The site was – and remains – the proposed home of a South East Victorian A-League / W-League Club.
It has also been shortlisted as a potential site for Football Victoria’s ‘Home of Football / Home of the Matildas’.
Confirmation of an elite tenant – i.e. Football Victoria or a professional club – would see Stage 2 of the facility developed and unlock up to $10m more in funding from the City of Casey, which would match a fresh funding commitment from Government and/or the tenant.
Plans for Stage 2 of the Centre of Excellence include a high performance training and administration building as well as at least one more elite turf pitch.
The Casey Fields site will be an invaluable addition to the region’s burgeoning football community as well as school groups.
Casey Fields has already been confirmed as the home of the Casey Cup in March 2020, to be run by the Australian Football Skool – organisers of the esteemed annual post-season youth competition in Shepparton.