THE Lauderdale Football Club is set to gain a long overdue upgrade to the visitors’ changerooms after receiving a grant worth more than $450,000.
As part of the Tasmanian Government’s ‘Levelling the Playing Field’ grants program – with further donations from the Clarence City Council, the AFL, Lyden Builders and other sponsors – the Lauderdale Football Club announced it would revamp its clubrooms at the end of the football season.
Lauderdale Football Club president Julie Kay said due to the massive influx of women in football, the club’s facilities were not up to standard.
“For some time, we have been working to try and get funding to redo our changerooms, which are fairly below par,” she said.
“Our visitor changerooms are in a terrible way and we are always quite apologetic to all visiting teams.”
Mrs Kay said the grant would allow them to become a more successful club that continued to grow into the future.
“This is a game-changer for us – everyone is going to be a winner because it is going to make so much difference,” she said.
“We’ll be able to host some finals in the TSL once we have the appropriate facilities for everyone to use.”
Mrs Kay said the redevelopment would also provide the community with a recreational facility to hold various events.
“It’s given the club a lift and a bit of buzz around things,” she said.
“It’s a growing area down this way, so fortunately we’ve got some great people involved in our football club and it tends to attract people because it’s a good family vibe and we’re supportive and caring of young people.”
Life member Andrew Hopwood, who is part of the Lauderdale Football Ground redevelopment committee, said the upgrade would help accommodate the rapid growth of the club.
“Instead of being the brunt of jokes when people come and visit Lauderdale, people will be able to visit the brand new facilities and get changed and showered in a little bit more comfort,” he said.
Following the senior men’s team finishing runner-up in the TSL for the past two years, Mr Hopwood said the success of the club had been built off the back of its supporters and the community.
“We are a community club playing in the most elite competition within the state,” he said.
“A lot of teams come down here and look at our humble facility, but what they covet is the great support we get from our community.
“All the people who live locally embrace and enjoy coming to watch our teams play and represent their club and community.”
Mr Hopwood said it had been a “fantastic effort” by the whole community to get the development in motion
“Not only will we be a fantastically run club, but we’ll also have a fantastic team and a facility we’re extremely proud of,” he said.
Caption: Lauderdale Football Club life member Andrew Hopwood hopes the renovations on the visitor changerooms will change perceptions of the community club.