Essentially the ground floor will be football; lecture theatres, changerooms, coaches’ rooms, physio rooms, a gym. The gym will be able to be converted into commercial lease space, so someone might be running aerobics out of it during the day while the players aren’t there because we want the building to be operational if not 24 hours a day, certainly those key times when the players aren’t there. It is really important to have that commercial revenue.
The top storey will be a 300 to 400-seated function room, which the City of Joondalup is really lacking, so that’s really important. It will overlook the oval; there will be some corporate suites up there, a commercial grade kitchen and bar area, and obviously administration offices.
Two key parts in terms of revenue raising in the future, which every other WAFL club but we don’t have at the moment, is that ability to raise money through the bar and the upstairs function room and then also the commercial leasing area for physio, aerobics classes, gym classes.
We want this to become a real community hub where our junior district can host presentation nights and other local community groups can use the space.
They will see it is the West Perth Football Club clubrooms and its home, but community groups will be welcome and feel it is their facility as well.