A new BMX pump track, half basketball court, public toilet and all-abilities basket swing and carousel are some of the new infrastructure elements recently constructed at Angle Vale Community Sports Centre (AVCSC) as part of the final project stage- Stage 5A.
The delivery of this final stage concludes an over-decade long investment in sporting infrastructure for the local community. Other elements delivered as part of Stage 5A include a flying fox, trampoline, shade sails, new trees and landscaping.
AVCSC is a district level sportsground that is home to the Angle Vale Sports Association (AVSACA), which consists of the following four clubs; Angle Vale Football and Netball Club, Angle Vale Netball Club, Angle Vale Cricket Club and Angle Vale Soccer Club.
Funding was first allocated to partially deliver on the Angle Vale Community Sports Centre Master Plan in 2010 with funding contributions from both the Federal and State Government as well as Council. The first stage opened in 2013 which provided a home facility for football, cricket and soccer.
Since the opening of the first stage, Council has been further developing stages as funding has become available through Council and the State and Federal Governments to deliver the full Angle Vale Community Sports Centre Master Plan.
Mayor Glenn Docherty said the long-term investment at this site supports increasing participation in sports in the fast-growing Angle Vale community – one of the largest growth areas across the City of Playford.
“Angle Vale Community Sports Centre is a multi-purpose venue that will support the current and future generations of sporting champions across a range of club level sports. In addition, the playground features cater to those who also wish to enjoy passive recreation with family and friends,” said Mayor Docherty.
“This project highlights the importance of social infrastructure investment in growth areas and the need for ongoing Federal and State Government co-investment to ensure our community have the facilities to meet their recreational needs.”President of the Angle Vale Community Sports Association, Jane Pogas said the increase in infrastructure at the site has allowed their clubs to put teams on fields in one central location.
“We are very lucky and unique in Angle Vale with having a sporting and recreational hub that is home to some of the largest football, soccer, netball and cricket clubs in their respective associations. Previously having teams play away at other facilities contributed to a sense of social disconnection and also a loss of revenue that is vital in keeping clubs running,” said Ms Pogas.
“There are a lot of young families moving into the area and the recreational space can sometimes be their first connection to the community, providing future contacts to sporting clubs and team sports.”
A community event is being planned to celebrate the completion of this project. More information on this event will be made available soon.
Works at AVCSC have been funded by City of Playford ($4.9 million), Federal Government ($3 million) and State Government ($2.3 million).
Other infrastructure and associated elements constructed at AVCSC as part of previous project stages include:
• Two full sized soccer pitches.
• One junior soccer pitch.
• Six netball courts.
• Eight changerooms /club room facilities.
• Two shared football / cricket ovals.
• Picnic area.
• Walking trail.
A number of Angle Vale sporting clubs have also invested in infrastructure at the AVCSC. This has included investment in soccer pitch fencing, backstop fences on playing fields, permanent matting for the cricket pitch and an entry sign to the complex. Lion’s Club also invested $19k for a new shelter at the venue.