Wests Tigers have welcomed today’s announcement from the NSW Government regarding funding for the club’s Centre of Excellence.
As a part of today’s announcement the NSW Government has committed $5.5million to Wests Tigers’ project at Concord Oval.
This funding will be combined with that from a number of partners including PCYC and Canada Bay Council to develop an exceptional facility for Wests Tigers and its community.
Wests Tigers Chair Marina Go thanked the NSW Government for their support of the project.
“Everyone at Wests Tigers welcomes today’s announcement from the NSW Government and Minister Stuart Ayres,” said Go. “We’ve been working closely with the Minister and the NSW Office of Sport over a period of time to develop a proposal that we believe will create an exemplar facility that will benefit both Wests Tigers and the community.
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the club looked forward to moving this project onto the next stage following today’s announcement.
“This contribution from the State Government is important in the evolution of the project,” said Pascoe. “This support adds to the contribution from our partners PCYC and Canada Bay Council and will help us develop a facility that houses multiple sports and infrastructure to run our community programs.
“This project is truly unique in the way that it brings together elite sport and our partners, with it being the first time ever that PCYC have partnered with a professional sporting team in this way,” said Pascoe.
Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary said that this planned facility would have a positive impact on not only the club and its players but also the wider community.
“We currently have opportunities for people to come and watch the players train and they always say how much they love it,” said Cleary. “If you can have the opportunity where an elite team is training next to young kids it’s got to motivate them to want to be active and to aspire to bigger things.”
PCYC NSW CEO Dominic Teakle welcomed today’s announcement.
“This model provides a joint educational, sport, recreation and vocational facility that will benefit the community through health, mentoring and educational programs and activities,” said Teakle.
“This project provides incredible bang for buck for the government and PCYC are proud to be a part of this project and this partnership with Wests Tigers.”