On Wednesday the 6th of June, Trafalgar Victory FC presented three separate budget submissions to Baw Baw Shire Council. There was a large soccer contingent at the Trafalgar Council chambers, with representatives from Trafalgar Victory FC, Gippsland FC, Football Federation Victoria and the Trafalgar & District Community Bank in attendance.
The three budget submissions from TVFC were as follows:
- $90K for the construction of the final 2 light towers at the Trafalgar Soccer Grounds
- $200K for the contribution towards a BBSC grant application for a Change room/shower facility
- $120K for the hire of a change room/shower facility
FFV registration data was used to demonstrate the significant rise in players training and playing on the Trafalgar grounds, in particular female participants. FFV data also displayed how many more registered players are using the Trafalgar grounds than those using either Drouin Dragons or Warragul United.
In total there are currently 268 FFV registered players using the Trafalgar Soccer Grounds, 70 of which are female. In comparison, Drouin has 166 FFV registered players and Warragul 50 FFV registered players. Despite this, Trafalgar is the only grounds without some level of change room and shower facilities.
The submissions were well received by Baw Baw Shire Council. The club will now await official correspondence from the shire and depending upon the outcome, will take appropriate action.
In the meantime, TVFC plans to submit an expression of interest to the Latrobe Valley Authority, with the support of the shire, to seek funding for the change room/shower project. The club will also initiate discussion with other Trafalgar Recreation Precinct tenants about the multi-purpose nature of a potential change room/shower facility. It must be stated that one of the conditions for the support and potential backing of the Trafalgar & District Community bank is that the project serve the wider community and not just the local soccer club(s).
Trafalgar Victory FC will keep its members up to date as further developments unfold.
TVFC would like to thank the many clubs and organisations that offered support to these submissions. Whether that be via a written official letter of support, or by providing a quote or by simply attending the submission presentation on the night. Your assistance has been greatly appreciated.