Australian A-League football club Western United has unveiled plans to build a new elite training facility next to its new home, Wyndham City Stadium.
The training complex in Melbourne will include three pitches – two grass and one synthetic – with seating for 5,000 spectators.
The facility will be jointly funded and developed by Wyndham City and the Western Melbourne Group, and Western United will share the facilities with the broader Wyndham community.
The facility will include a main grass pitch with 5,000 seats that will serve as the main training base for United’s A-League team and future W-League and girls and boys academy teams.
A second grass pitch, and a third synthetic pitch will primarily be for community use, building on the club’s connection with the footballers and broader community of the west.
United chairman Jason Sourasis said:
Building the Western United Football Club and growing the game of football in the west has always been the ambitious vision of all involved in the project.
This partnership between Western Melbourne Group and the Wyndham City Council is a ground-breaking initiative in Australia. It’s built on effort, collaboration and building for the future, which are the values that we’ve built Western United on and the values that our fans share.
The training precinct is all about the growth of the sport, the ability for kids to train close to their A-League heroes, and for football in the west to have a strong pathway from junior football to the elite level. There’s more kids playing football than any other sport in this country so we’re really proud to be able to build this amazing facility for the kids of the west. Today’s announcement is the first of many to come that will start to bring our vision to life. We can’t wait to see our fans at Wyndham City Stadium in the near future.
To date, Western Melbourne Group has completed all of the site investigations (including but not limited to, geotechnical, economic benefit, traffic, cultural heritage, flora & fauna, site services, infrastructure, etc.) required to develop a concept masterplan for 1160 Sayers Road North.
The concept masterplan, developed in collaboration with Wyndham City Council, forms part of a planning submission that has been submitted to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for approval.
The application is currently being assessed with an outcome expected in the near future.
Construction on the new precinct will commence in early 2021, to be completed by early 2023.
Wyndham City Stadium
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