Synthetic pitch huge boost to community

After several years of planning, and thanks to funding and assistance from Brisbane City Council and the Queensland State Government, Mitchelton Football Club is the proud owner of a $1.5 million, international standard, third generation synthetic pitch. 

Excitement will be in the air as the pitch is officially opened by Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, along with Tim Mander MP, State Member for Everton, at 1pm on Saturday 13 July 2019. 

The synthetic pitch can be used in all weather (except torrential rain or lightning) for up to 75 hours a week. This is a stark difference to normal grass pitches, which get damaged in wet weather and can only be used for 15 hours a week. 

“You could literally play a FIFA World Cup match on this pitch, and our club members, from ages 3 to 70, get to experience that standard”, said Mitchelton Football Club President Bryan Cook. 

“It’s not like the grass on concrete situation from the 1980s; this is the latest technology with road base, a plastic waffle drainage layer, a foam shock pad, and then the grass, meaning it’s surprisingly springy and almost certainly much softer than our usual Brisbane winter grass pitches.

“Like many clubs, water is an issue during winter. Last year the field was barely covered in grass and hardly used, whereas this year it’s looking spectacular and being used constantly.” 

The synthetic pitch will also provide a much-needed new source of revenue for the club, with extra competitions – like social six-a-side – being able to run. 

Mitchelton Football Club has been a significant member of the Brisbane football community since 1920, catering for players of all ages, gender, and ability. There are currently 1,400 active playing members, and many more parents, volunteers, and supporters making up the Mitchie community. 

Event: Mitchelton Football Club synthetic pitch opening
Time: 1pm
Date: Saturday 13 July 2019
Guests: Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner
Tim Mander MP, Member for Everton

Media contact: Bryan Cook, Mitchelton Football Club President, 0418 602 071

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O35s & o45s raise funds for junior fields lighting upgrade

Recently, our o35s and o45s players held their annual pre-season football extravaganza at Mitchie, raising funds to support the lighting upgrade project on the junior fields.

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Eight Mitchie o35s and o45s teams battled it out in the intra-club football competition, reminding the crowd that their skills are still as fresh as ever.

The fine display of quality ‘old school’ football created a fun atmosphere and camaraderie amongst Mitchie players, and the air was thick with oohs and ahhs from the delighted spectators witnessing skilful moves and plenty of goals.

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It was great to see smiling faces from new members playing for the first time with o35s and o45s teams, some of whom had a long break from competitive football. It was also a great opportunity for our committee members to meet the players, and have a kick around in the round robin matches.

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On the sidelines, some great raffle prizes were up for grabs, including portable speakers and mobile phone accessories. Thanks to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets.

Well done all involved! 

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Synthetic pitch funding announcement

Mick de Brenni, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Digital Technology and Sport has confirmed funding of $500,000 for construction of a synthetic pitch at MFC. This will be in addition to $1,000,000 already committed to the project (in principle at this stage) by Brisbane City Council.

This is a very exciting announcement and when completed, the project will be a fantastic boost to the training and playing facilities at our club.

The project has been the culmination of several years of effort by previous Committee members, in particular former President Roger McIntosh. We also acknowledge the strong support over that time from Tim Mander MP - State Member for Everton. 

More details will be announced over the coming weeks as the BCC project team works with MFC to better define the project, where it will be located etc.

Great news - Telstra grant to MFC for a new water bubbler

We are delighted to announce our success in applying for a $1,200 grant from Telstra. Telstra Kids helps kids thrive in their connected world. Our Telstra Kids grant will be used to Provide a Billi Bubbler Drinking Fountain for the club. This will provide our many hundreds of junior players with access to fresh filtered cold water to fill and refill their water bottles during training and game times. Currently they either have to buy water or fill up from an antiquated trough style tap system which in the hotter months is luke warm.

Huge thanks to Nikki Webster from Telstra, who is the referrer, for applying for the funding for us. We are very excited to share in the million dollars the Telstra Foundation provides each year to help kids connect to a digital future.

Thanks Telstra!

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