Football West Strategic Facilities Plan 

The provision of the necessary supporting infrastructure to all Australian Soccer clubs within Western Australia, no matter in what level of competition they are currently participating, is a priority for Football West.

Similarly, the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), and Local Governments, which receive a large number of funding requests each year from clubs to improve current infrastructure, have a role in determining funding priorities.

The strategic facility plan is designed to assist by providing facility classification guidelines from which to assess the merits of individual club requests for infrastructure funding. This will enable both the DSR and local governments’ access to the relevant criteria when they have to decide whether or not, and to what level, they support a club application for DSR Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Funds (CSRFF).

One of the aims of the study, undertaken by Syme Marmion & Co for Football West and DSR, was to develop a classification system within a football hierarchy based on the sustainability of individual clubs that will serve as a basis to plan for future infrastructure provision and upgrades. This would ensure those clubs which currently have facilities below the new classification system are given priority for upgrade expenditure over clubs which already meet the standards.

The overall project is divided into three reports: