Kingborough Lions Celebrate Funding for Lightwood Park Redevelopment

Our local football (soccer) stars have a bright future with confirmation that a $623,000 ground redevelopment will soon commence at Kingston’s Lightwood Park, the home of the Kingborough Lions.

That’s the view of Warren Iles, Club President in welcoming Premier Will Hodgman and Nic Street, Member for Franklin, to the Club for today’s announcement of $311,000 in State Government funding for the project.

“The growth in local football has been exceeding the availability of grounds throughout the season, especially in junior ranks for both boys and girls.“This project will see a new natural grass football ground constructed adjacent to the existing Lightwood Park, with lighting and associated ground improvements and is a great boost for meeting that demand.

“On behalf of all our players and supporters I thank the State Government and also the Kingborough Council who are providing matching funding, for their strong support for our Club and for promoting local football” Mr Iles said.

Mr Iles explained that the redevelopment will support games and training across all age groups and cement Lightwood Park as the premier natural grass football ground in Tasmania.

“We are particularly excited about the prospect of the Lions next season being able to hold night games for Men’s PS4 National Premier League and PFD Women’s Super League at the Den.

This project at Lightwood Park is the first stage of a broader vision for developing a premier football facility in Kingborough. A working group of the Lions, Kingborough Council and Football Federation Tasmania is also undertaking a feasibility study with $15,000 from the State Government into the potential for additional all-weather synthetic football grounds and associated facilities at the Kingston Sports Centre.

Key facts:

• The Lightwood Park Redevelopment involves the construction of an additional ground increasing capacity to two grounds, plus new lighting and associated landscaping and ground improvements.

• Funding: $311,000 from the State Government and $312,000 from Kingborough Council.

• Works will be managed by Kingborough Council commencing this spring for completion in time for the 2018 football season.

• The Kingborough Lions has approximately 600 members from juniors and youth programs to elite teams, for men and women.

 

Contact:
Warren Iles, KLUFC President, president@klufc.org.au, 0409 793 874