From the FFT Board
Following our recent Board meeting, we have started work on our infrastructure strategies. The subject was a priority during discussions at the AGM and the Board will now take action in this area.
There are two main projects to be carried out and the first is the commencement of the Cambridge Park development. This will be done in conjunction with the City of Clarence. FFT has confirmed, in writing to the CEO of the Council, our desire to proceed with this development and we are now awaiting a draft lease which will allow us to fully assess the partnership and work towards a project commencement date.
The intention at Cambridge Park is to install an artificial surface as part of Phase 1 which can be used for both junior and youth training and matches as well as a range of development programs and Mini Roos. Clarence Council has previously indicated a commitment to establish changerooms, toilets and additional facilities to make it a more user-friendly location for everyone.
The second major project initiated by the Board is a full review of all infrastructure which currently exists for football in Tasmania. This will allow us to develop a detailed and current list of all of the grounds used and the various facilities which are there and perhaps importantly those facilities which are either absent or need upgrading.
A major part of the outcome will be determining on a club-by-club basis what works could be done to provide a better experience. We will then work with each of the councils or authorities who own and maintain each ground and their facilities to determine what can be done and to establish a timeline. We want to make sure that government and councils understand the importance of improved facilities for our sport and the need to have a program of progressive upgrades across the State.
We are in the process of finalising the Terms of Reference for the Infrastructure Review which will be widely distributed; as well as posted on our website. This project will be undertaken by Jim Lange and Daniel Hanna from the FFT Board and coordinated and managed by FFT CEO, Mike Palmer.
Once all competitions are underway, meetings will be arranged with clubs to source information and create a current and accurate table of information across each of our venues. We will endeavour to do this in a way that does not put any extra burden on clubs and is as efficient as possible. We will then work with clubs around the best way to progress positive outcomes.
We look forward to engaging with you for the development of football in Tasmania.
President Football Federation Tasmania