The cold and wet weather made for the perfect occasion to officially open the Cowra & District Soccer Club’s new shelter at Edgell Park on Monday morning.
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The shelter was officially opened by Member for the Riverina, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West, Cowra Councillors and members of the Cowra and District Junior Soccer Club.
Cr West thanked the federal government for their contribution to the shelter.
“To the federal government, Michael, your contribution of eight thousand dollars plus, I acknowledge that contribution and thank you,” Cr West said.
“To the federal government it may seem small in some respects but it not only helps, it highlights that the federal government is keen to support junior sport, all sport but also communities on all levels, not just the big ticket, flashy items that quite often get the attention.
“This is about building communities, this is about seeing people encouraged to use these facilities.”
Cr West said the shelter is a welcome addition to Edgell Park and will be a benefit to any sport that uses the grounds.
“The value of this roof is certainly showing its need today in terms of this weather and the immense value it’s going to be to the junior soccer players, senior soccer players and also the hockey and cricket players who use this particular facility,” he said.
“In Cowra, we have some wonderful sporting facilities, we have some spectacular parks we can utilise.
“Council needs to be looking after sport as much as we can.”
Mr McCormack said he hopes the community take full advantage of the facilities.
“These sort of projects, whilst they are only small in dollars, they build community capacity," Mr McCormack said.
“It enables all sorts of groups, in this case Cowra soccer players and clubs and officials, to have somewhere warm when they come to play here on a Saturday. It makes the experience so much enjoyable.”
He praised the teamwork of the federal government, Cowra Council and the Cowra and District Soccer Club.
“It’s great that we’ve had that collaboration between all forms of government which enables you kids to have something to look forward to on a Saturday,” he said.
Cowra and District Junior Soccer Club Vice President Derek Sullivan said it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of volunteers.
“The structure is yes, the result of government, council and the soccer club but the effort to get that put together and apply for government grants... has been the effort of volunteer members of the committee,” he said.
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