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The $2.5 million state-of-the-art upgrade to Rydalmere Park is almost complete with the final stages of the playing surface getting its final touches as well as the fencing installed before the official handover takes place next week.
Jointly funded by the NSW’s Government’s Great Sydney Sports Facility Fund and the City of Parramatta Council as well as guidance from Football NSW, Rydalmere Lions’ spokesmen Elias El Khoury was eagerly anticipating the finishing touches in what will be one of the finest football facilities within the Sydney Metropolitan area.
“We at the club have been looking forward to this day for a while now.
“We are delighted to see that there has been upgrades via the installation of a state-of-the-art synthetic warm-up and playing surface as well as the fencing and lightning.
“We expect the field to be ready by the end of this week (6th of June).”
The temporary halt to football due to the COVID-19 pandemic allowed the club to continue on with its facility upgrade ensuring the ground was up to scratch prior to the football season recommencing with the Youth competitions kicking off as of the 1st of July. “Correct, the temporary suspension allowed the club to assist with the delivery of the new facility without requiring the club to play any further home games away from Rydalmere Park,” said El Khoury.
It will be a major boost for the club that continues to grow year after year in both its grassroots and NPL competitions with its ever increasing teams and players.
“Right now we have 331 association players including 270 males and 61 females and 194 NPL players all of which play in our 44 teams spanning from our MiniRoos right up to our All-Age and NPL Seniors who will benefit from this upgrade – this upgrade won’t just benefit us but the sport of football that will be gaining yet another quality facility.”
Its not just the winter football season participants that will benefit from this but their 5-aside tournaments during spring and summer will also utilise the new artificial surfaces set to be laid out very soon.
Anyone that has played for this club or against us, would have noticed one hard working volunteer busily doing her thing ensuring everything is where it needs to be week in week out – known as the heart and soul of the club’s backroom staff, Monica Bacha continues to churn out the huge hours which she has done so for the one club for the last twenty years.
The club’s Administration and Media Assistant, Bacha really had no choice but to fall for the beautiful game of football all thanks to her parents.
“You could say I was born into the sport.
“Forty-one years on and thanks to my parents who met through football, we are still here proudly assisting the club.”
On top of her parents meeting thanks to the world game, the football obsessed administrator has a brother and cousins that are also involved with the sport making it pretty much a family affair for the entire Bacha household.
Apart from her Administration and Media duties, Bacha continues to hold various positions at the ambitious club, such is her drive and passion for her beloved Lions.
“I have a few roles at the club.
“I am part of our club Committee and my duties consist of Administration, arranging uniforms for all players as well as merchandise for our supporters.
“I also assist on match days when required for our Association teams as well as our NPL/SAP teams and offer support in the club canteen.”
As promoted in recent articles on the importance of volunteers in our game, Bacha is part of a quality squad behind the scenes ensuring everything is on point at the club.
“We are fortunate that we have 12 highly devoted full-time volunteers who work around the clock in getting us to where we need to be today.
“The message is simple, without volunteers the game would not exist and we are very proud of what we have achieved and have set targets on getting the club where it deserves to be in the not too distant future.”
Monica was rewarded for her hard work and efforts in 2019 at the official Granville & District Soccer Football Association Presentation evening finding herself an award winner for her fantastic services to the game.
The club is n the midst of a major facility upgrade, $2.5 million to be exact, jointly funded by the NSW Government’s Great Sydney Sports Facility Fund and the City of Parramatta Council.
Photos have emerged of the progress at Rydalmere Park and the feedback has been red-hot.
A state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitch, fencing and lights amongst other wonderful upgrades benefiting not only the club but the Parramatta City community on a whole.
It’s been a major win for the sport in the area but its been a bigger win for the hardworking volunteer and her colleagues who have seen the club rise from its early grassroots beginnings to where it is today.
“Happy seeing this unfold is understatement, we’re all over the moon.”
“It has been a long time coming to have our facility upgraded especially with a synthetic pitch.
“The synthetic pitch will not only benefit our club but also the local community, local schools as well as other association clubs.”
“We are big on being a family club, with our upgrade this will bring everyone closer together.”
You couldn’t blame Bacha for being down in the dumps when her beloved football was put on hold via the COVID-19 outbreak in March this year, something she struggled to get used to but has been delighted recently with the news of training sessions only being implemented to the football community once more.
“I have missed the sport so much.”
“When we were advised that the season was suspended in March I was devastated more so for the players involved, as they were so excited for the 2020 season to commence.”
“As a club, we had a great preseason which had all players and coaches as well as spectators excited for the season to kick off especially with our new synthetic pitch being built.
“I’ve missed the social aspect of it all, being part of the club for so long I have made a lot of new lifelong friends along the way and not being able to see them on a regular basis really upset me.”
“We’ve been given great news recently and I was so excited that the restrictions were slightly lifted however we knew there would be risks involved if we were to commence without contact training.”
“We will work together as one in ensuring we comply with the rules and regulations in getting back our weekends playing competitive football, something myself and of course the entire club cannot wait to see especially at our newly upgraded facility.”
Major works are underway on Rydalmere Park’s multi-million dollar makeover, including a state-of-the-art synthetic grass field.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer joined members of the Rydalmere Football Club to celebrate the start of a series of upgrades to the 6.4-hectare park and associated facilities.
“The projects outlined in the Rydalmere Park Masterplan, which was developed following extensive community consultation, will turn this significant asset into a space that meets the community’s changing recreational needs,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Community spaces and sporting facilities such as those at Rydalmere Park provide a valuable opportunity for people to connect with their neighbours, stay active and enjoy nature right on their very own doorstep.“
Among the improvements to the park is a $2.5 million upgrade to the northern playing field, jointly funded by the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund and City of Parramatta Council. This field will receive a new synthetic grass playing surface, fencing and lighting to meet Football NSW National Premier League requirements. At a later stage, the two southern turf playing fields will also be upgraded.
Other works to the park will include the development of the former bowling club site for multipurpose use; increased vegetation, shade, shelter and seating; upgrades to recreational spaces such as the playground, multipurpose court and circuit path; and maintenance of existing amenities buildings.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said: “The $5 million commitment to upgrade Rydalmere Park is a great example of the NSW Government investing in local sporting facilities.”
Rydalmere Football Club president Peter Bacha thanked City of Parramatta Council and the State Government for making the long-awaited upgrade a reality.
“The upgrade to these facilities will allow us to compete locally at the highest levels of the National Premier League competition and provide even more footballing opportunities for local kids,” he said.
As Parramatta’s population grows, synthetic pitches will become an increasingly important part of the mix in providing the local community with sporting and recreational opportunities.
Synthetic fields provide a consistent, durable and safe playing surface that can be used seven days a week all year round – providing more capacity to accommodate increasing demands. Synthetic turf also requires less water than natural grass and addresses the issue of poor grass growing conditions due to hot, dry weather.
Rydalmere Park’s new synthetic grass field is scheduled for completion in February 2020.