The Camperdown Football Netball Club and Leura Oval Committee of Management have identified oval and netball court lighting are a priority to improve the safety for participants, increase the chances of the clubs ability to attract and retain participants and to meet Australian Standards and state sporting association guidelines for lighting provision to increase access and usage options.
The current lighting of both oval and the netball courts does not adequately light the playing area contributing to an unsafe environment and poor quality training sessions and preseason drill and activity delivery. Provision of new lighting will not only ensure training drills will be able to be completed in safe, high quality conditions but will support upgrades that will enable Leura Oval to adequately host League finals for both AFL and netball and ensure player and official comfort and safety. It will also provide an opportunity for the Club and Reserve to expand and attract additional competitions and activities by other groups within the community.
This project will enhance the opportunities for the club to attract and retain participants due to the quality of facilities expected to be provided and level of improved lighting, safety and standards for preseason and training activities. The majority of players at the Club are from farms and rurally isolated. The opportunity to come together to train and play provides enormous social and mental health benefits for participants. The Club believe that this project will improve social connectedness for its members due to the opportunity to access quality facilities on a Thursday training night when the club host meals attended by other community residents.
This project will upgrade both the football oval and the netball court lighting. Camperdown Football Netball Club encourage participation by both males and females in the Auskick and football underage programs. Auskick is often scheduled on Friday nights at the oval to minimise damage to the ground for under age to senior competitions being held on the Saturday and Sunday. This means it competes against the local Camperdown Junior Netball Association competition also held on a Friday night. Volunteers from both the netball and Auskick programs have been trying to work in partnership to schedule the programs consecutively to maximise female access and participation to the Auskick program however constraints with natural lighting has meant it is difficult as the season lengthens. The oval lighting will maximise the scheduling potential for Auskick to create greater opportunities for increased female participation in football. The netball court lighting will ensure that adequate and appropriate facilities are provided for netball participants and will assist with retaining participation numbers.
The Camperdown Football Netball Club was a founding member of the Hampden League back in 1930 and has has remained an integral part of this strong regional competition ever since.
Since 1930 we have claimed 6 Senior Football Premierships and numerous Cups in other grades. We have also produced plenty of players that have gone on to represent themselves and our Club on the big stage at VFL/ AFL level. Some of these include current Port Adelaide Coach Ken Hinkley, Bulldogs Premiership Captain Easton Wood, Essendon’s Scott Lucas, Paul Broderick at Fitzroy & Richmond, Ross Thornton & Wayne Linton at Fitzroy and Norm Sharp at Geelong.
The inception of Netball in the late 80’s, and its continued growth, along with our strong structures for our junior members in both footy and netball, really makes us a family organisation.
Our interaction within our local community stepped up a notch with the opening of our Five Star Function Centre almost ten years ago. Club and community members from months old to their mid 80’s mingle very Thursday throughout the season whilst they enjoy a scrumptious meal.
Local businesses have always been a strong support to our Club and their sponsorships and contributions continue to keep us stable.
The current lighting at our home, Leura Oval, is not at an adequate level for Major League training, especially when you have, 6 Football sides, 10 Netball teams and an Auskick clinic all trying to utilise the facility at similar times.
Some of the the current lighting infrastructure dates back to the mid 80’s whilst pieces have been added in an adhoc fashion in the mid and late 90’s.
This current lighting project will not only bring the training lights for all our Netballers and Footballers into the 21st Century it will also allow our Club to host night matches creating a drawcard that will hopefully brings people in their droves into our community.
- Trish Wynd
- Shane & Noela McCann
- Robyn Lucas
- shelly mcbean
- Bradley Wynd
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