The first phase of construction is drawing to a close after the two full sized synthetic soccer pitches were installed and the pavilion including club room with toilets, kitchen, changerooms and carpark were completed.
The Monbulk Rangers Soccer Club will begin training on the field in March, before the first game of the season on Saturday 25 March.
The centre will remove the pressure on existing soccer pitches in the south west area of Yarra Ranges and will cater for 45 teams including about 650 members.
Yarra Ranges Council Mayor Noel Cliff said the club had experienced major growth from 100 members to about 650 since 1999.
“There has been huge demand for a facility like this in the community. The club was unable to take on more players for some time as they were limited by pitch availability at the previous venue,” Cr Cliff said.
“This state of the art centre will support the growth of soccer participation well into the future.
“More people will be given the opportunity to play soccer and enjoy the benefits of being part of a team and the positive impact of physical exercise on their health and well being.”
The new centre located in Old Emerald Road provides:
two full sized synthetic soccer pitches a modern pavilion with four change rooms for both male and female players change rooms include four shower cubicles and two toilets each toilets and club rooms 133 carpark spaces road improvements infrastructure including an accessible toilet for all ages and abilities
Yarra Ranges Council committed $7.15 million towards the project, and secured $2 million from the Federal Government and $650,000 from the State Government (Sport and Recreation Victoria) through Council’s advocacy efforts.