Yesterday it was reported that the Capital Football CEO has met with representatives from Greyhounds ACT regarding a facility development that includes a centre of excellence and stadium for the Canberra United team in the W-League.
To set the record straight, the Capital Football CEO has not met or spoken with any representative from Greyhounds ACT.
Capital Football has long held an aspiration to partner with willing organisations to develop a futsal facility. During 2016/17 we engaged with the ACT Government to identify possible land for such a project. At that time available land was scarce, and Capital Football opened dialogue with several potential partners including the Australian Institute of Sport and Greyhounds ACT to explore all available options. Capital Football also considered the potential of re-purposing vacant warehouse space into futsal courts.
It is under this context that the Capital Football Chairman and several Directors did speak with Greyhounds ACT. It is entirely appropriate for the governing body of football and futsal in the ACT and surrounding region to consider any and all proposals that could help to realise the development of facilities that make the sport more accessible and improve the participant experience.
Since then, we have had further dialogue with the ACT Government and are encouraged by the energy they are directing into future projects to sustain the growth of what is the most played team sport in the region – Football.
There are no current plans to build a Football stadium or W-League centre of excellence at Symonston. Any discussion between the Capital Football Board and interested organisations in a facility development have been entirely conceptual in nature and amount to testing the waters of what could be achieved to improve facility access, which is currently obstructing the continued growth of our sport.