Newcastle's Centre of Excellence approved
The NSW Government has today announced a grant of $10 million for a Rugby League Centre of Excellence in Newcastle, in conjunction with The Wests Group.
The Wests Group has committed $10 million to the project, which will provide state of the art facilities for the local community.
The Knights were one of five NRL Clubs to receive Centre of Excellence funding, in which the NSW Government has offered dollar-for-dollar grants to build the Centres of Excellence.
“We’re delighted that this project has been given the go-ahead,” said Philip Gardner, Newcastle Knights / The Wests Group CEO.
“The Centre of Excellence has always been a fundamental part of our vision.
“It will not only provide an additional four fields for grassroots football and NRL training, but will also prove to be the catalyst for the further development of the Broadmeadow sports precinct, which the wider Hunter community will benefit from.”
Meanwhile, coach Nathan Brown said the Centre of Excellence will be a terrific asset for the Club as it aims to recruit established players and hold onto its best juniors.
“These facilities will certainly help local juniors play rugby league and accelerate their development in such a great environment,” Brown said.
Centres of Excellence were identified by the NSW Government as an important part of the Stadia Strategy in 2012 to maintain the link between high performance sport and community engagement.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the development of these new centres will provide multi-purpose facilities that offer promising young athletes and high-performance athletes with world-class training and development in their local area.
“They also provide NRL Clubs an opportunity to maintain a strong presence in traditional communities as the Government prioritises capital investment into a targeted number of NSW Government venues,” Mr Ayres concluded.