As many of you would know, work is underway on the new Pavilion and I’m sure like the Committee and I, you would be excited about this new development for WJFC.
To view the proposed site plans, see the PDF attachment.
Work commenced pre-Christmas and great initial progress was made but unfortunately due to the recent issues going on around the globe and the new precinct requiring a major power upgrade, there have been some delays.
Firstly, apologies that we have been unable to share the upgrade update for a few weeks.
We are now pleased and proud to be able to share how things are progressing and some images of what the clubrooms will look like upon completion in June, which is the latest update from council as to when our long-awaited clubrooms will be ready for us to move back in.
Whilst we will need to navigate our season, whenever that may begin – we will have a new space to welcome our fabulous WJFC community back to.
The new social space will be an all-encompassing community hub to be proud of:
- It will allow us to share a meal after training with your team mates, coaches and family and for morning tea or luncheons during chilly Sunday matches for the parents, siblings and Grandparents and a comfortable, carpeted venue to house coaches’ meetings and educational opportunities for our players.
- The current wall facing out to the ground will be a glassed viewing space with endless options for teams to hold their own special Sunday functions on match days.
- There will also be a new kitchen installed with food preparation areas in line with Heath department standards, new flooring, stainless steel benches new food prep sinks!
- We will also have 4 brand new change rooms to service both ovals these will accommodate the girls and boys of all ages and abilities.
- There has also been provision made for an office space to assist the club with keeping our season and match day paperwork organized and up to date, a space for our volunteers to access everything they require to assist them with their roles.
As you all will also be well aware, both Oval 1 and 2 have undergone major irrigation works, with Oval 2 becoming a moving sports space which, when marked out for VFL is the same size as Downer Oval and are looking fabulous and should be ready for all season proper training schedules.
Lighting upgrade has also been added to the bayside precinct, in line with a basketball and netball upgrade and the installation of new tennis courts.
So, we do need to proceed with a level of patience, as this isn’t just about Williamstown Juniors, but the benefit of many sporting clubs in the community that we are so lucky to share a sporting space with.
The development will also include for an elevated scorers’ room above the current canteen will accommodate a space for operators to utilize the club’s future electronic scoreboard!!
The Committee had planned for a significant outlay as part of the development and began saving many years ago. But as with all of these things they are often more costs than planned for.
The development did however require a significant club contribution and that is likely to necessitate a series of fund-raising activities later this year and in 2021 that will need your support.
The Committee understands this is a big ask but we know that the true Williamstown spirit will allow all of us to find a way together. The Committee doesn’t have a monopoly on good ideas so please reach out to me or any of the other members to discuss ideas you may have that would help.
Thank you all for your patience and support over the years. WJFC is a truly great organisation and one that needs to be nurtured and grown but that can only happen with your help.
Mel McVeigh and the Committee of WJFC
Can’t wait until we get the kids back out there on the oval in blue and gold. Go Williamstown!!!