Sally Tanner, Senior Coordinator, RMIT Sports has kindly sent us the latest news on the Bundoora Sports Precinct project.
The AFL/Hockey and Soccer coaches dug outs and drink taps are nearing completion. We expect temporary change rooms in place alongside the AFL ground by the end of the year. The work continues on building the case for a more permanent facility, your ongoing support is certainly appreciated. The Tennis court redevelopment is scheduled to commence in October.
Sport Precinct Use in 2018
Essendon VFLW’s team have trained on Thursday nights, while also utilising the indoors courts, Futsal pitches and lecture theatres for team meetings and video analysis. Diamond Creek Women’s Football club (a third of whom are RMIT students) have trained on campus on Tuesdays and at the other end of the ground to Essendon on Thursdays. Our partnership with Ultimate Frisbee Victoria and Australia continues to grow with the precinct hosting Victorian Mixed Ultimate League matches and Ultimate Australia training camps this year. I’m really pleased to report that this resulted in an Ultimate Victoria coach guiding our team to promotion at Nationals this month.
The Hockey pitch has also been activated this year with RMIT Hockey Club playing matches on home turf for the first time in their history! The RMIT Soccer Club has also continued to play home games on alternate weeks with the UniHill Soccer Club. Saturday’s have seen a hive of activity!
What’s ahead in 2019
On September 1st this year we plan to launch the RMIT Women’s Football Academy, that will play and train on the AFL Ground (Football as in Australian Rules Football). Our Partnership with Essendon has expanded our vision and we now see a unique opportunity to develop students broadly across multiple disciplines such as Health Sciences, Business, Media & Communications, ESS, Education and Statistics/Analytics. The academy will be about much more than just developing footballers; we are excited about the opportunities a professionally run academy can offer. The Academy will be a hub for Women’s Football development in the Northern Suburbs and will provide two pathways in terms of football; participation for those just wishing to play and have fun and skill development for those with aspirations to play, coach or administer at VFLW or AFLW level.