Maroondah United FC
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Please help us find a home ground with club rooms for our soccer club
Maroondah United Football Club does not have a long-term home ground venue, and does not have adequate grounds for training or to play matches on. We are a local community soccer club, with 234 playing members (children, youths, women, men), and an additional 250+ associated family members and officials. We began in 2003 with one Junior team. In 2019 we now have 16 teams (10 Junior teams, 2 Senior Women's teams, 4 Senior Men's teams). Each year, our club continues to grow and deepen its connection with the local Maroondah community. In order to accommodate this growth, we are now spread over a number of venues for training and matches, with no home club rooms. For matches, we have the use of ONE full-size no-drainage ground at Silcock Reserve, ONE smaller Junior-size no-drainage ground at Silcock Reserve, and ONE almost full-size no-drainage ground at Croydon Town Park. Usage on these grounds is restricted by Maroondah Council guidelines to preserve the integrity of the playing surface. We train at another venue, Griff Hunt Reserve, on ONE ground only, with no soccer goals, rabbit-holes everywhere, and limited lighting. This is to preserve our match-day grounds at Silcock Reserve and to comply with ground usage restrictions. These conditions are far from ideal for the wellbeing of our players and families. Other soccer clubs receiving funding to develop their facilities and grounds are unable to include us at their venues, due to already over-utilisation of their home grounds. Current research undertaken by Football Victoria has shown that soccer is "the number one organised field sport in Australia"(ABC News, June 21, 2019), which is reflected in the trends of our club. We need a home ground and club rooms, where all our teams can belong. We need appropriate grounds for the size of our club, with drainage and lights. Synthetic grounds would be a great asset. Female-friendly change-rooms are a necessity. If we are given a suitable home ground and club rooms, we can continue to invest in the local community of Maroondah. We can continue to offer a competitive Saturday soccer competition to our community. We can continue to offer an affordable soccer alternative to other leagues. We can continue to provide the community with a soccer club which welcomes participants of all ages, abilities, cultural background, gender and religious beliefs. If we are not able to have access to a suitable home ground venue for our growing community soccer club, Maroondah United FC will continue to be spread across a number of venues, making it extremely difficult to foster club cohesion. We will continue to train and play matches on inadequate grounds for the size of our club. Ultimately, we will lose players from our club or from the sport altogether, and have to turn away prospective new players who are wanting to be part of this positive, inclusive sporting community.