Founded in 1969, Melville City FC is the home of football (soccer) in the City of Melville. Our club boasts the largest membership of any club in Western Australia.
The overall aim of the club is to develop playerâ€™s skills at all levels while providing a friendly and inclusive atmosphere.
Being the largest Football club in Perth comes with challenges around grounds and facilities.
Members may know that in 2014 the club presented its plan at the Oct 2014 AGM to enter into an agreement with Murdoch University, the City of Melville, the WACA and Dept Sport and Recreation to build two synthetic Football fields on the University campus grounds sports precinct. This was unanimously agreed by those members present.
The entire project would cost over $5.7M and would take 15 months to complete. This project would have delivered two FIFA-grade synthetic fields, new under cover viewing areas, change rooms, store rooms, and a kiosk if a facility that would be world-class.
Since that time two things have occurred:
- In March the Department of Sport and Recreation did not approve the grant request for $1.8M
- In July the WACA have pulled out of the agreement, looking to consolidate their presence in other venues.
This has meant that we have gone back to the drawing board, looking for different ways of accommodating the expansion of our club with additional playing grounds. The results are encouraging.
Current Project Details
In summary, the proposal provides the following:
- Total expenditure is now $3.772M plus land (gifted by the crown and university)
- Expansion to the existing building, providing 4 more change rooms: home/away, male/female
- Storage areas
- Undercover elevated viewing deck
- Expanded car parking
- 1500 hours per year for primary Melville City FC access: training and games at a discounted rate. Approx $51K pa
- Provides a 20 year lease for priority MCFC access
- Function rooms available for hire
- $500k investment from MCFC to be sourced via wholly or in part a loan from City of Melville, guaranteed by City of Melville
- Sinking fund to be established for replenishment of surface after 10 yrs at no cost to MCFC
- Club name change to â€śMU Melville City FCâ€ť
- Access and work in joint sports development programs: Sports Psychology, Sports Therapy, Sports Science with the university
- MCFC input to the design decisions
Who Is This For?
Our whole club will benefit in one way or the other. Primary users will be:
- Menâ€™s State League and Ladies State League
- Junior Academy/NPL
- Some junior and senior team matches
- Rotational training venue for teams under lights
- Potentially another Rooball hub
- Off-season training from January for the club
- Venue for grading and selection in October
- Future: Menâ€™s NPL, Ladies NPL
This facility will help us relieve the already over-used grounds at Len Shearer Reserve and Winthrop Park.
The project has been submitted to the Department of Sport and Recreation seeking a $1M grant for this year, to be finalised in March. If successful, building would commence soon thereafter, with ground completion expected by April/May 2017.
Our club, through the increased popularity of Football over other codes, the programs we have implemented, and our success has seen tremendous growth in numbers. There are no other ground options for our club. To this end, the City of Melville along with the Department of Sport and Recreation will inject a combined $2M. This will primarily help with the expansion of our club and provide a top-standard facility providing prestige and notoriety appropriate to the largest club in Perth. We expect that such a facility will attract more sponsors which will help cover the costs.
Have Your Say
We are interested in your input. If you are keen, please provide a statement of support or any questions you might have.