Western Sydney Wanderers have today announced a partnership with Blacktown City Council to make Blacktown International Sportspark the Club’s long-term training and administration home.The Wanderers have been working closely with the Council, Western Sydney Parklands Trust and Blacktown District Soccer Football Association to develop a football facility of regional, national and international importance with all facilities to be planned and designed to complement the magnificent setting that is Western Sydney Parklands.
Western Sydney Wanderers, Blacktown District Soccer Football Association, Western Sydney Parklands Trust and Council will continue to work collaboratively to finalise staging plans and approvals. Further details will be revealed over the next few months but it is planned to include a high quality Wanderers Training & Administration Centre, up to eight new football fields, a specialist half-training field and associated infrastructure, parking and landscaping.
Wanderers Chairman Paul Lederer said this development is the result of a lot of hard work from all parties which will deliver a prized asset for Western Sydney and result in an exciting future for the Wanderers.
“I am delighted that we have the opportunity to set down permanent roots in Blacktown and create a base that will be an incredible asset to Western Sydney,” said Lederer.
“Along with the announcement last week of our new stadium in Parramatta this is a very exciting time for the Wanderers and for the future of football in our region.
“We have the tools and the support to make a significant impact in the Australian sporting landscape and we plan to take this opportunity with both hands to deliver exceptional outcomes to our fans, members and our community – mark my words, this is a game changer.”
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said that the announcement would not only drive football in the region but will maximise the Wanderers elite pathway creating the next generation of stars of the game.
“I echo the Chairman’s comments, this is a very exciting phase in our development,” said Tsatsimas.
“Our academy structure will be the backbone of the Club’s future and securing our headquarters in Blacktown allows us to be a central point in the growth of the region and the growth of football in this country.
“We thank the Mayor, Council and people of Blacktown for making this our home and look forward to creating a long and successful future here.”
Looking to the future, a High Performance Centre overlooking the existing synthetic field is planned that will provide aquatics recovery, an indoor hall, cutting edge sports science, analysis rooms, gym and hospitality facilities for all Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney stakeholders and the community.
Membership for the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season is on sale now. Click here for more information and to sign up today.