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Published Thursday 3 September 2020

Pitch perfect upgrade for Broadford

Football facilities in Mitchell will be given a kickstart with $552,000 allocated towards a soccer pitch upgrade, a new coaches’ box and an interchange for the Broadford Sporting Precinct soon thanks to Victorian Government funding announced this week.

Sport and Recreation Victoria will get the ball rolling with $348,000 for the project through the World Game Facilities Fund. Mitchell Shire Council will provide the remainder.

The funding means the drainage improvement work that Council had planned this financial year can now be extended to include automatic irrigation, a new coaches’ box and an interchange bench.

The oval and soccer pitch is part of a shared facility at Broadford Secondary College which is also used by the Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club and occasionally for cricket and Australian Rules.

The Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club is the only football club in the shire and the only soccer club between Craigieburn and Bendigo. Demand is high, with the club experiencing significant growth and recently introducing women’s and junior girls’ teams.

The project is one of just 13 funded across the state and will provide much needed improvements to the only community football (soccer) facility in the municipality.

Comments from Mayor David Lowe

“Working in partnership with the Victorian Government, the school and the Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club has allowed us to kick it into the back of the net. We get a kick out of announcing these great outcomes for Broadford and the region,” he said.

“Just like the world game, teamwork has allowed us to turn $98,000 into $552,000 which is a remarkable result."

This page was last updated on 3 September 2020.