South Adelaide’s home ground will be known as Flinders University Stadium for the next five years after the Panthers strengthened their union with their joint major partner.
Previously known as Hickinbotham Oval since 2005, the Noarlunga venue will sport its new name for the next half a decade as South takes its relationship with Flinders University to the next level.
“Our partnership with Flinders University, which dates all the way back to 2010, has been outstanding by kicking goals for both organisations,” South chief executive Neill Sharpe said.
“This connection has provided many of our players and staff with a pathway for a great education that prepares them for life outside of football.
“In turn we have been able to assist with Flinders University’s education programs by providing their students invaluable real-world experience within an elite sporting program.”
Both parties have already been benefiting from their sponsorship links, with South’s Under-16 High Performance training program delivered by Flinders’ Sport, Health, Physical Education and Research Centre (SHAPE).
South’s midfield star Nick Liddle is also one of several players to forge a career outside of football after completing a teaching degree with Flinders University.
“While Flinders is committed to exceptional teaching and learning, our flourishing partnership with SAFC will also make a real difference in the broader community, by sharing the benefits of our research and contributing to a healthier, fitter and more socially active society,” Callista Thillou, Executive Director of Communication and Engagement at Flinders University, said.
“Through the life of this partnership we have also inspired players to study at the same time as pursuing their football dream, providing a post-elite sport career pathway.”
Established in 1995, Flinders University Stadium was known as Noarlunga Oval until it was renamed to Hickinbotham Oval in honour of Alan Hickinbotham, who was a captain, coach and president of the Panthers.
Following the latest name change to the venue, it is understood that Hickinbotham will be recognised in another capacity at the Lovelock Drive precinct.