Wests Tigers have today announced that the club has secured a further commitment of funding for the club’s Centre of Excellence Project at Concord Oval.

Liberal candidate for Reid Dr. Fiona Martin today confirmed that a re-elected Morrison Government will provide $5 million for the re-development of Concord Oval –  including the Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence — as well as an additional $1 million to be provided over two years to establish a new “Cubs” engagement program supporting multicultural youth.

The Cubs Program funding will assist the Wests Tigers to engage youth from culturally diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds, develop their knowledge of Rugby League, build positive social outcomes and help them to become leaders in their communities.

Wests Tigers Chair Barry O'Farrell said the funding agreement secured today will officially guarantee that both Wests Tigers and the local community will receive the much-needed facilities they deserve.

“On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I’d like to first thank the Liberal National Government for their support and commitment to this project,” said Mr O’Farrell. “This is wonderful news for all involved in the club and the community as a whole.”

“Wests Tigers is an extremely proud club with strong history of producing local talent, and this continued commitment to the club’s Academy programs will only strengthen that moving forward.

“Today is another bright day for Wests Tigers that further ensures the long-term future and growth of this great club,” said Mr O’Farrell.

Liberal candidate for Reid Dr Fiona Martin said the Wests Tigers are located in one of the most vibrant and multicultural areas in Sydney, making them a perfect fit to attract potential participants to the program.

“The Wests Tigers are an integral part of our community here in Reid, and I’m proud that we are backing them in,” Dr Martin said.

“I am very proud of our support for this program, which will help the kids from our multicultural communities to participate in something that unites all Australians — sport. It will support the kids to maintain a healthy lifestyle, help them to integrate and build local friendships; while also helping our Wests Tigers to build even stronger links with the members of our community.” 

Following a thorough design process with support from the City of Canada Bay and the NSW Government, construction on the new Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence is expected to begin in early 2020 with an official opening midway through 2021.

The redevelopment will include high performance training and rehabilitation facilities, sports science, medical and conditioning facilities, aquatic recovery and hydrotherapy pools, education facilities including integrated learning spaces, classrooms and lecture facilities and multi-sport community facilities and social spaces.