SANFL and Ausco Modular have joined forces to help meet the growing infrastructure needs of football and sporting clubs across the state due to the rapid rise in female participation.
With the popularity of Australian Football accelerated among women since the inception of the AFLW and SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League, the requirement for female-friendly facilities has become paramount.
And that’s where the union between SANFL and Ausco Modular is already making a swift impact at grassroots level by producing purpose-built facilities for the needs of the local community from a design, quality and cost perspective.
“This new building innovation is proven to provide sporting facilities 60 per cent faster at 30 per cent less cost,’’ SANFL Community Infrastructure and Planning Manager Casey Grice said.
‘’The efficiency of the building method is expected to be a game-changer across the industry in providing unisex facilities to service the rapid growth in female football across South Australia.’’
Along with saving time during the planning and construction phases, another significant benefit is to the tireless volunteers who run the Community Football clubs across South Australia.
‘’Through SANFL’s cooperative arrangement with Ausco, clubs now have access to free design and project management services,’’ Grice said.
‘’This ensures the project will meet the need of their community while reducing the project management burden on volunteers.”
Blyth-Snowtown Football and Netball Club is the first in SA to already be reaping the rewards of the partnership, after securing funding from the State Government, Wakefield District Council and SANFL to build the first high-specification modular building in Australia.
This week, SANFL and Ausco Modular signed off on the contract for the delivery of the facility for Snowtown Oval, to be installed and completed by December 2018.
“This whole of community project will provide quality change facilities for players and umpires involved in football and netball, as well as users of the caravan park,’’ BSFNC Committee Member Derryn Stringer said.
‘’The support provided by SANFL and Ausco throughout the project delivery has saved cost and reduced the burden on our volunteers.‘’
Included in the $620,000 project will be two unisex AFL change rooms, a netball change room, an AFL standard umpire facility, storage facility, public toilets and a canteen.
All Ausco Modular buildings adhere with the AFL Preferred Facilities Guidelines by providing quality assurance through the inclusion of sound-rated walls, increased ceiling height, unisex wet areas and dynamic building finishes.
‘’We’ve been innovators in modular construction for many years and it’s been very rewarding to work alongside SANFL and contribute to the growth in grassroots sport,” South Australian Regional Manager for Ausco Simon Manser said.
“The fit between the benefits modular construction offers in terms of less time, cost, disruption and high quality, and what’s needed to meet the facilities requirements for local and regional clubs, couldn’t be stronger.”
Importantly, with less site disruption in terms of area and timeline – due to 90 per cent of the building being completed prior to delivery and installation – it also significantly reduces the impact on local Football and Sports clubs continuing to function during the construction phase.
Ausco Modular has already made its presence felt in other sports such as soccer, recently providing A-League club Adelaide United with a purpose-built, innovative, state-of-the-art training complex at the Reds’ new Elizabeth training base.
CHIEF SANFL WRITER