New facility a major boost for sports-loving students (NSW)



Grafton High teacher Mick Hillary, Australian Futsal Association development officer
Damien Parker and AFA education officer Ian Bentall look over the newly laid
futsal floor. Photo by Adam Hourigan.

Grafton High School students are spoilt for choice with a brand-spanking new high performance centre.

Complete with a gym, netball court, futsal floor and a dance floor to come, the centre will also be used for rugby league and union workshops.

What was seven years in the making and a compilation of grant money, GHS head of physical education Mick Hillary said it was a relief to see the centre finally up and running.

“We had some money left over after another grant for a shade shelter and we thought ‘why don’t we build an undercover area for sport,” Hillary said.

“Then we didn’t have enough, so we got another grant and it came together.”

The $750,000 shed also caught the attention of the Australian Futsal Association representatives who donated and installed a $30,000 plastic futsal flooring in the centre.

AFA education officer Ian Bentall said they were only too happy to donate a floor to the school.

“Our mission is to provide the facilities for students and adults to play futsal around the country,” Bentall said.

The AFA will run club-level futsal from the centre as well as host regional, national and international tournaments.

The next closest futsal facility to the Clarence Valley is Brisbane.

The scaffolding to the centre was removed just this week and the school hopes to secure another grant to complete the dance floor inside the centre.

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