PHOTO: Action from the Dunoon Dazzlers vs MBVFC 14 Girls game that was played on the SCU synthetic field on Sunday.
Sodden fields and persistent wet weather may have impeded most football in recent weeks, but the synthetic pitch at Southern Cross University Football Centre has seen plenty of games proceed. The collaborative agreement between Football Far North Coast and Southern Cross University to progress football opportunities at the East Lismore facilities, includes domestic games where possible when club grounds are closed.
Most member clubs have now had at least one team play on the synthetic pitch, with most participants being very impressed by the high quality and suitability of the synthetic field. There are no grass fields in the region as flat or as true as a synthetic pitch and although the preference is to have games played at club grounds, the synthetic pitch provides an important and unique option for local football.
The concept of a football facility first surfaced in early 2009 and was created through the commitment and enthusiasm of various of stakeholders and the investment from the previous Federal Labour Government and Southern Cross University. Football Far North Coast applauds the ongoing desire of Southern Cross University, with each of the past three Vice-Chancellors actively showing vision and community engagement to drive this facility. Scott Collis and his team at the Football Centre, including the brokering of a formal agreement with Liverpool International Academy, have created a vibrant program for our talented local juniors, with approximately 300 players involved each week.
Football Far North Coast remains an interested stakeholder as the Southern Cross University Football Centre evolves into a regional facility that will become an increasingly important resource for our community.