PERTH Hills United Football Club players are enjoying new facilities at Mundaring’s Harry Riseborough Oval.
Recent improvements include the installation of two changerooms and an accessible ablution block along with upgrades to the existing changerooms, new LED lighting in the pavilion and improved water supply pressure.
Club vice president Fiona Passmore said their senior teams were the first to use the new changerooms which provide a more comfortable experience for players and visiting teams to the ground.
“When Perth Hills United hosts up to five junior and five senior matches on a Sunday and you add in all the visiting teams that equates to nearly 300 players needing changing facilities in one day,” she said.
“With only two changing rooms in the past and no facilities for females, this made for very overcrowded or unsuitable conditions with players sometimes resorting to using the clubhouse or car park to change.
“Now, we’re able to offer a more appropriate level of changing facilities for male and female players, with wheelchair access where required, which creates a much better experience for anyone playing at or visiting the club.”
She said discussions with the Shire of Mundaring about the needed oval upgrades began about five years ago with various options considered.
“We are therefore delighted to see the project finally come to fruition,” she said.
“The facilities upgrade will also make Harry Riseborough Oval more attractive to other community users such as fitness groups and for interschool sporting events.
“Perth Hills United is also better positioned to offer Harry Riseborough Oval as an appropriate venue to host Football West league finals with the better quality facilities available.”
Further power and lighting upgrades and a veranda extension will be carried out in coming years with the total cost of the project $320,000.
The State Government contributed $102,000 towards the upgrades through a Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund grant, with the club contributing $8000.
An official opening will be held on August 28.