New Club rooms opened at Joondalup

New Club rooms opened at Joondalup

Posted on July 27, 2012 in 'News'

The new ECU Joondalup Soccer Club club rooms were officially opened by Mayor Troy Pickard last Friday evening.

On a great occasion, when Football West CEO Peter Hugg joined current and former players, coaches and committee members and chatted about old times, club President Steve Wheatley and Joondalup Mayor Pickard cut the ribbon to let the celebrations begin.

(Photo – Left to Right – David Ernst, Steve Wheatley and Mayor Troy Pickard) “The opening of the ECU Joondalup Clubrooms is a significant milestone, fittingly achieved in its 20th anniversary year. It was great to see players, officials and supporters, past and present, come together in high spirits to celebrate yet another achievement in the club’s history,” said Mayor Pickard.

“The commitment of the club to engaging with the local community through supervised junior soccer clinics has established itself as the premier junior academy in WA with 10 players representing Perth Glory and four with the national Australian side. The City congratulates ECU Joondalup on their long term success in developing young sporting talent within our community.

“The new club rooms will further enhance the club’s formidable reputation and provide an important focal point for the players and supporters alike to meet, as well as creating important avenues for additional fundraising to further grow and develop the club.”

The $1.3 million dollar facility is a partnership between Edith Cowan University (ECU) and the club, and the two-storey building overlooks the main pitch on the Joondalup Campus.

It will provide a home for the All Flags Premier League side and it’s junior Academy in WA, which has developed players like Chris Herd (Aston Villa), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) and Ryan Williams (Fulham) to name a few.

Wheatley has worked tirelessly with Peter Stewart and Steve Amphlett from the club to get project up and running and he’s delighted with the finished product. “I am extremely proud to have been part of this great club for the last twenty years, and see what started as a dream by a bunch of guys with big ideas but now has come to fruition in our twentieth year. It would be impossible to name each person individually that has contributed to this significant achievement but special mention must be made of Peter Stewart for his work and David Ernst from ECU for his continued support of the club,” said Wheatley.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank The City of Joondalup for their support and special thanks to ECU for not only their support but the significant contribution they have made over the years.”

As a multi-use facility, it will also be utilised by the University to teach students in the Bachelor of Event, Sport and Recreation Management program, as well as the new Bachelor of Science (Sports Science and Football) program. Manager of ECU Sports David Ernst said the building was the culmination of over ten years of planning. “The facility showcases ECU’s dedication in providing for its students sporting and recreation facilities that are the envy of other universities in Australia,” Mr Ernst said