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 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.
This document details policies that Football West will consider for adoption in support of the Facility Classification Guidelines which have been developed and documented in the Facility Review and Development Report which formed Stage 3 of this football facilities project.
One of the aims of the project, undertaken by Syme Marmion & Co for Football West and the Department, 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 development of a football club hierarchical classification will be linked to current demographic profiles for each football zone from which the development of a strategic plan for the provision of future club facilities for five years and 10 years hence can be based. This will be undertaken as Stage 5 of the project.
The overall project is divided into three stages:
- Stage 1 - Policy Report
- Stage 2 - Needs Assessment Report
- Stage 3 - Facility Review and Development.
This report, the Policy Report, covers the development of the following policies:
- Division of state and metropolitan areas into facility districts
- Management of facility requirements, especially expansion in areas of lighting, clubrooms and seating
- Co-location, relocation and winding down of clubs
- Access to existing and new school facilities
- Allocation of land in developing areas for playing fields
- Criteria for the development of new facilities
- Methodology for Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) funding for facility improvements
- Policy review mechanism
- Climate change and facility development/management.
These draft policies are covered in the following sections of this report. The report has been prepared based on the information obtained from direct consultation with Football West and input from the Department of Sport and Recreation and local government. Football West is recognised by the State and Federal Governments and Football Federation Australia (FFA) as responsible for the administration, promotion and delivery of football in WA.