New Synthetic Fields Opened in Canberra
Some of the ACT’s top sportspeople came out in force to help open the facility, as well as ACT Minister for Education and Training and Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Andrew Barr, and Member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh.Jemma Johnston and Megan Clowry from the Canberra Darters, Iain Davidson from the Canberra Lakers, Jeremy Bray from the ACT Comets, Marianna Tolo from the Canberra Capitals and Meredith Bone from the Canberra Strikers were on hand to play a celebrity Touch Football match against a group of children from the schools. Building on an existing highly successful model partnership between government and non-government schools, this project involved the installation of a synthetic sports ground and associated components including fencing, lighting, a soccer pitch, a multi-use field with sprint lanes, a running track and cricket practice wickets.This project is designed to enhance school programs impacting on childhood obesity, while innovative construction methods will minimise water usage.The project, totaling $3 million dollars, was funded through $2.5 million provided by the Australian Government under its ‘Local Schools Working Together’ pilot program and $0.5 million provided by the ACT Government.Meredith Bone from the Canberra Strikers team that plays in the Australian Hockey League was full of praise for the facility. Bone plays Touch Football in the local ACT competition and was happy to see the school children make the most of their new fields. “I think it was really good. I haven’t met a lot of these other ACT representative sportspeople before so it’s been good getting together. The younger kids had a really good team,” Bone said. “The opening of this new ground, everyone here is enjoying this new facility. There’s not anyone anywhere else in the school at the moment so I think that they are really embracing the facility as a whole,” she said. Marianna Tolo from the Canberra Capitals team that plays in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) was pleased to see so many children using the facility.“Just to see the kids running around and having fun, especially the girls who are running around, it is great,” Tolo said.