FFV takes up 15-year pitch lease (VIC)

Knox Weekly (via FFV)

The soccer grounds at the Eastern Recreation Precinct will be leased to the Football Federation Victoria for the next 15 years.

Knox Council has granted the federation an initial 10-year lease – followed by another five years – to run the full-sized synthetic pitch and Australia’s first five-a-side pitches, which will open later this year.

The federation was to pay $1million towards construction of the Wantirna South grounds, next to the incomplete State Basketball Centre in High Street Road, but will now pay between $1.5million and $1.6million after asking that the east pitch be changed into nine five-a-side pitches.

The council’s youth, leisure and cultural services manager David Blair said the federation would also pay $715,000 towards a fund to replace the pitches every seven years.

Cr David Cooper said Knox would be the first place in Australia to have five-a-side pitches.

“There’s a higher demand for soccer than what we can supply facilities for. Not only will we get a state-of-the-art soccer pitch, there’s opportunities for people to play casually. It’s a great step forward.”

Cr Peter Cole said the decision was “the most significant amount of funding we’ve received from a sporting body, and the fact that there have been changes shows that all parties have acted in good faith”.

Concept image of the Knox Regional Football Centre

Concept image of the Knox Regional Football Centre

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  1. I just want to clarify something about this project. To use the FFV Futsal logo is mis leading, as this has nothing to do with Futsal whatsoever. This is a new English styled game of 5 a side rebound indoor soccer, played out doors, basically. The indoor courts at the complex are primarily for basketball. As we speak, we still do not have a proper Futsal specific Stadium in Victoria.

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  3. It’s funny how they state it is the first dedicated pitch to cater for 5-a-side, when we all know that Rowville Secondary College have had one up for over a year now, and ran a successful 5-a-side comp last summer. And to think the FFV didn’t allow them to play outdoor on that very same pitch because it had 5-a-side/futsal markings on it. How hypocritical!!!! Ecerything is god as long as it suits them.

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