Rydalmere FC has booted more goals following its recent promotion to the National Premier Leagues 2 competition.
On Monday night, Parramatta Council endorsed a club proposal to jointly fund improvements to its main field at Rydalmere Park.
The club will also receive financial support from the council while its first grade, under-20s and under-18s teams play its 2018 home matches at Glenwood’s Valentine Sports Park while its home ground is upgraded to satisfy Football NSW requirements.
The council will also write to Football NSW outlining its short and longer term strategies in support of the future growth of Rydalmere FC.
The club will still play junior games on the other two fields at Rydalmere Park.
“We’ve got a club that since 1979, has been there for the kids and has gone from strength to strength,” Parramatta councillor Steven Issa said. “It has been promoted to play at the elite level alongside the Marconi Stallions of the world and is the only club in our LGA to play at this level. The club has installed dug outs and spectator seating at its own cost.”
Rydalmere FC president Peter Bacha described Monday’s outcome as a fair result.
“It’s a major step for the club,” he said. “We’ve been fighting a long time for the field upgrades. This will also benefit all of the kids and our womens teams.”
Negotiations continue regarding a memorandum of understanding between the club and council regarding the long term use of their home ground.
“Council officers will continue to have constructive discussions with RFC to further develop options for Rydalmere Park and/or alternative sites within the Parramatta LGA,” the council report states.
The ground is part of the council’s masterplan for the 6.4 hectare site, which is expected to be presented to the council in April 2018. The plan will also determine the future use for the nearby bowling club site.
“Talks are in progress and things are starting to clear up, so we’re hopeful of a good outcome,” Mr Bacha said. “Thank God, we have the council back on board, as the community will be better off. Our intention is to create a community facility for the entire community, not just for football.”