Last Saturday saw the return of the Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association’s competitions after a short delay due to COVID-19. It was great to welcome everyone back to Harrison Park and to see lots of smiling faces enjoying the great game of soccer.
Although Round 2 kicks off this weekend, it is still not too late to register for the 2020 season. Registrations will be accepted until 31st July. For more details regarding registrations go to www.pdasa.sportingpulse.net.
Draw for tomorrow, Saturday 11th July:
• UNDER 6: 12.20pm G1 Panthers v Cheetahs; 12.20pm G2 Lions v Tigers.
• UNDER 8: 12.00pm G8 Eagles v Hawks; 12.00pm G9 Falcons v Emus; 1.10pm G9 Budgies v Magpies.
• UNDER 10: 12.15pm G4 Jets v Mari- ners; 12.15pm G5 United v Roar.
• UNDER 12: 12.30pm G11Olympic v Vic- tory; 2.00pm G11 Power v Warriors.
• UNDER 17: 12.10pm G6 Thunder v Rovers; 12.10pm G7 Rangers v Wolves.
• OPEN LADIES: Friday Night 6.00pm G10 Parkes Hotel Football Club (PHFC) v Star Hotel Cougars. Saturday 1.30pm G10 Raptors v Commercial Kookaburra’s; 3.05pm G7 Peak Hill All Stars v Forbes Wildcats.
The Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association held its Grand Finals at Pioneer Oval last Saturday. It was a great
day of soccer, despite the dust storm turning the sky brown! The winners were U12- Glory; U17- Rangers; B Grade-
Peak Hill All Stars and A Grade- PLC Raptors. Pictured are the Peak Hill All Stars.
The future of soccer in Parkes promises to be exciting with the completion of the refurbishment of the 41-year-old amenities block at Harrison Park Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith, Councillors and representative from the Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association attended the opening of the new $378,000 project last Thursday.
Harrison Park, home of the Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association, is considered one of the premier soccer fields in the Central West, but the amenities were in desperate need of refurbishment.
The new facility features two spacious change rooms, eight additional toilets, and additional facilities for disabled/ambulant access. The change rooms provide direct access to shower facilities, which can be closed to the public when required.
The new amenities block has been designed for maximum ventilation while still being sheltered from the weather, and also features a new referee room, and accessible parent change room. Energy and water efficiencies include timed taps and bubbler, LED lighting on timed sensors, and drinking bottle refill stations.
“These upgrades will certainly be a game changer for local soccer. There are more than 500 registered players, as well as spectators and family members who regularly use these facilities, while the Parkes and District Cricket Association also utilise the field,” the Mayor said.
Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association’s President, Wayne Osborne said the new facilities would give Parkes a competitive edge when bidding to host future sporting events.
“We are looking to apply for some rounds of the Western Youth League, and following that State titles. Councils are really investing in the playing surfaces and sealing work on the car parks, so we will end up with a premier product.”
The works were managed by Parkes Shire Council’s Building and Projects Officer Bart Ingram and delivered by local building contractor Rodney Barnes.
The Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association received a big boost last week towards upgrading amenities at the soccer fields. Parkes is one of several clubs in NSW to benefit from $4.1 million from the 2015 Asian Cup Legacy Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless was in Parkes to hand over a cheque of $150,000 to President Kevin Medlyn.
Kevin said the club was no longer able to attract big tournaments to Parkes because of its lack of suitable amenities. “We will refurbish the change rooms, add toilets and showers and build a new entrance.” The facilities are also not suitable for local players as the club saw an increase of 200 members this year following the Government incentive to get kids active. “We have 500 players here on a Saturday, and 150 on Sundays using the facilities,” said Kevin.
The total cost of the renovation would be over $300,000 with the club putting in $20,000.
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