For the first time, Wests Tigers have shown off the latest plans for its Centre of Excellence which is due for completion in early 2022.
The $75 million redevelopment of the old Concord Oval site — which has operated as the training and administrative centre for Wests Tigers for many years — is an initiative of the NSW and Federal Government in partnership with Canada Bay Council and Wests Tigers, creating recreation spaces for the rapidly growing inner west population as well as the new Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence.
The state-of-the-art facility will feature an elite high performance centre including gym and external training terrace, aquatic recovery pools, sauna and steams room, sports science, medical, sleep and rehabilitation facilities.
Locker rooms and amenities for are available for both Wests Tigers NRL and NRLW teams while integrated learning spaces, classrooms, lecture facilities, player wellness hubs and consultation suites are also included.
The upper floor of the Centre of Excellence will house the club's administrative headquarters, including an open-plan office, meeting rooms and full media studio, while a revamped Merchandise store will sit on the ground floor.
NSW Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the new facility would be the envy of sporting administrations across the world.
"The NSW Government’s Centre of Excellence Program is developing high performance facilities that are the envy of sporting administrations across the world. We’re excited to provide this assistance to the Wests Tigers to drive player development to support the senior men’s side and provide the infrastructure to support a women’s team in the future," Ward said.
City of Canada Bay Major Angelo Tsirekas said the project was a fantastic result for the Inner West community.
“The Concord Oval precinct will secure essential open community space for a growing population,” Mayor Tsirekas said. “This project will secure public access to the site and offer essential community facilities to residents and visitors including an outdoor basketball court, playground, café, community rooms for hire, all alongside exceptional public art paying homage to the site’s historical significance.”
Wests Tigers would like to again acknowledge funding partners of the Redevelopment of Concord Oval including the NSW State Government, Federal Government and City of Canada Bay Council.