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Centre of Excellence for football

Centre of Excellence for football Residents and visitors are invited to attend the official opening of the first all-weather multi-purpose synthetic sporting complex in Canterbury-Bankstown on Saturday. No Centre of Excellence for football Residents and visitors are invited to attend the official opening of the first all-weather multi-purpose synthetic sporting complex in Canterbury-Bankstown on Saturday. News Columns; News and Updates; Media Releases
Photo of synthetic turf and soccer ball

Residents and visitors are invited to attend the official opening of the first all-weather multi-purpose synthetic sporting complex in Canterbury-Bankstown on Saturday.

Mayor Khal Asfour said the complex at Jensen Park was delivered on schedule and on budget at $3 million.

“This facility is now a Centre of Excellence for football,” he said.

“Initially the intention was to construct one full-size all-weather pitch, but we were able to expand to include an adjacent training/warm-up area. And, importantly, the complex not only accommodates football matches, but also half-sized football games, touch football, Oztag and Futsal. This means the complex will be used seven days a week.”

Jensen Park has been the home of the Bankstown City Lions Football Club for many years and more recently the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association’s Bankstown United.

Lions’ Secretary, Tony Stefanovski, said the complex is a game changer for the local community.

“It will enable hundreds of additional hours of active sport to be played and Bankstown’s football players will now have the opportunity to train and play on a perfect surface, every single time, no matter what the weather conditions,” he said. “Council’s tremendous investment into the new synthetic surface will once again put Jensen Park at the forefront on the NSW football map, unlocking potential to host State and regional tournaments, National Premier League matches and local finals.”

Dimitri Hursalas, Director of Bankstown District Amateur Football Association, agrees.

“This field is a world class surface which will allow us to display the best of Bankstown football,” he said.

“We now have a ground which enables games to be played rain, hail or shine, without fear of it deteriorating, and we look forward to working with Council to further establish Jensen Park as the true home of football in the coming years.”

Saturday’s opening kicks off at 10am and includes:

  • FREE sausage sizzle;
  • Inflatable jumping castles;
  • Face painting;
  • A football clinic run by Western Sydney Wanderers’ coaches;
  • Bubble soccer;
  • Fairy floss and snow cones; and
  • A rock climbing wall.

The Jensen Park project is part of Council’s $16.6 million commitment to upgrading sporting fields in 2018-19.​


 20/02/2019 11:05 AM