New lights and surface give $1.5 million boost for soccer in Glenorchy

Sport in Glenorchy has been boosted with major upgrade of soccer facilities at KGV.

The KGV soccer field has seen a new synthetic surface laid and new lighting installed which will allow the facility to remain one of the main soccer fields in Southern Tasmania.

Inspecting the new facilities, Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said they would play a significant role in catering for growing numbers of soccer players, which was in turn great for the community.

“Sporting clubs are so important for our communities. They not only provide opportunities for our kids to aspire to professional sporting careers, they help connect people and get people involved, whether as players or administrators.

“Glenorchy City Council recognises just how important these interactions are for our community, and I’m excited that we have been able to facilitate investment in these facilities to ensure they remain at the standard required.”

Mayor Thomas said the new lights and surface were funded under a $12.8 million Federal Government grant funding soccer facility upgrades in the northern suburbs.

“Soccer continues to grow in popularity and its important we have infrastructure to support that. I’m pleased we were able to work alongside Football Tasmania and the Glenorchy Knights to deliver these upgrades.”

The project consisted of the replacement of existing lights with new LED lights, at a cost of $550,000.

The existing synthetic surface and shock pad were also removed to allow the sub-base to be repaired before being covered with a new shock pad and synthetic surface, costing around $1 million to complete.

“With these components of the project now complete, the KGV soccer field will provide a high-quality venue for the Glenorchy Knights and help continue to grow the sport in our municipal area. We now look forward to the final component of the project, the upgraded pavilion, being completed. 

“I thank the Federal Government for its funding of this project, and encourage all soccer fans to get along and support the Knights whenever they get the chance,” Mayor Thomas said.