The Garden Suburb Recreational Grounds will get a lighting upgrade.

Five community clubs awarded $220,000 in second round of Northern NSW Football Facilities Fund

October 6th, 2020

Five northern NSW community football clubs have received funding for significant infrastructure projects to improve club facilities thanks to Northern NSW Football’s Facilities Fund.

The clubs have been awarded $219,705 in matched funding to invest in community football facility improvements across northern NSW.

The Northern NSW Football’s Facilities Fund was established in 2019 and aligns to the recently launched NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy.

Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said the submissions, which were reviewed against predetermined criteria with independent review, had been impressive.

“We had a number of submissions which were of a very high standard,” Eland said.

“The projects which were successful will significantly contribute towards the strategic goal of the fund which is to increase the number of community football facilities that are welcoming, fit for purpose and support the growth of the game.”

Northern NSW Football Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said with growing demand, clubs found it increasingly difficult to provide and maintain facilities which meet users’ needs and expectations.

“The Facilities Fund provides clubs another avenue to seek significant funding for facility projects and in turn increase participation, improve safety and security, assist in building stronger communities through football and improve the overall football experience for their members and stakeholders,” Haynes said.




Project description

Total cost

Requested funding

Cooks Hill Utd FC

Newcastle Football

Fearnley Dawes Athletics Facility

Surface upgrade inc. irrigation



Garden Suburb FC

Macquarie Football

Garden Suburb Recreational Grounds

Lighting upgrade



Maryland Fletcher FC

Newcastle Football

Kurraka Reserve

Upgrade of sports field lighting



Mayfield Utd JSFC

Newcastle Football

Stevenson Park

Upgrade of playing surface



Old Bar Barbarians FC

Football Mid North Coast

E.G.Trads Sporting Complex

Irrigation system









Garden Suburb FC president Leonard Allen said the Macquarie Football club were delighted to have been successful in their application.

“Basically both of our grounds are poorly lit so we’re hoping to completely upgrade the lighting on our main field. This allows us to open up some extra training space, gives us a chance to use a second field for night games as well as reliably light our main ground,” he said.

“The funding is pretty important. It’s very hard for a [community] club to fund itself. The big ticket items like infrastructure and facilities you wouldn’t be able to do yourself. It’s a big amount of money but it’s also a big project and this funding makes it viable for us to consider as a project.”

The Facilities Fund was established in order to assist football clubs to partner with local stakeholders such as Local Government Authorities, state government, schools, other sports and relevant landowners to:

  • Improve the football experience for players, referees, coaches and volunteers;
  • Provide opportunities for more participants to play more football more often;
  • Improve the safety of community facilities;
  • Provide inclusive football opportunities within clubs; and
  • Improve security at community football facilities

Applications for the 2021 round of funding through the NNSWF Facilities Fund will open soon.  

For further information, guidance or enquiries clubs are encouraged to contact NNSWF Senior Officer – Community Football Ross Hicks (02 4941 7200 or

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