Northern Demons Virtus Soccer Club will receive a game-changing $208,000 in state government funding to redevelop and revolutionise facilities at Byrne Park.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis made the funding announcement during the Country Cabinet Community Forum at the Northern Festival Centre Sunday night.
Newly-appointed Northern Demons marketing manager Robert Crisci said the funding will enable the club to reinvigorate their club room, canteen and change room facilities, while also helping to fund the installation of a new training pitch and irrigation system.
Robert confirmed works were expected to commence within the next two months and said that the improvements will benefit the entire club both on and off the pitch.
“We are really thankful to Geoff Brock, the cabinet and state government for the funding,” Robert said.
“We have our club rooms but they are away from the ground … so it will allow us to bring people to the ground and create a great game-day atmosphere.
“They will provide a place for our members to go to and also provide good hospitality for traveling teams on match days.” With some Demons players recently signing to the Adelaide United youth team and also playing overseas in Spain, Robert believed the upgrade would only further the development of the clubs’ playing group.
South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said funding local sporting organisations was crucial in supporting communities. “Investing in local community activities like harness racing and football is very, very important for a number of reasons,” Mr Koutsantonis said. “It keeps young children active, it keeps families together, creates local industry and most importantly it keeps towns active and vibrant.”