East Gippsland soccer celebrate new facilities

East Gippsland soccer enthusiasts were today celebrating at the official opening of upgraded lighting facilities at Howitt Park in Bairnsdale.

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, opened the new facilities which were supported by a $100,000 grant through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) 2012 - Strengthening the World  funding program.

“Sports clubs and their facilities play a vital role in bringing communities together especially in regional Victoria,” Mr Bull said.

The new lighting at Howitt Park will allow for after-hours training and competition.

“There are a number of sporting groups who use the Howitt Park facilities and the lighting opens up a whole range of new possibilities for these clubs, especially for fast growing clubs like the East Gippsland United Football Club.

“New lights increase the capacity of the facility to cater for after-hours training and night competition, which is great news for the 400-plus players, from juniors right up to seniors, keen to do United proud,” Mr Bull said.

“The Victorian Government is committed to a more active Victoria. That’s why we’re proud to have provided $100,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) 2012 - Strengthening the World funding program,” Mr Bull said.

Mr Bull thanked the East Gippsland Shire Council for securing the funding and its contribution of over $134,000.

“I would particularly like to acknowledge the East Gippsland United Football Club for its $10,000 contribution to the Howitt Park lighting project,” Mr Bull said.

“This is a fantastic effort and another great example where state and local governments, as well as clubs and local communities are working together to secure the future of sport and recreation and encouraging active communities,” Mr Bull said.