Members of the Altona Lacrosse Club and Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club are set to hit the ground running on Council’s brand-new outdoor Box Lacrosse court by the end of this month.
After successfully acquiring funding from the Victorian Government, the Box Lacrosse court built at Paisley Park (PJ Lynch Reserve) in Altona North, is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere to be built specifically for outdoor Box Lacrosse used year round. The facility will be utilised by Altona Lacrosse Club and Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club and will be available for the local community to use when unoccupied by the tenant clubs.
The redevelopment works will improve training and overall participation opportunities for women and members of the community with all levels of skill and ability.
The new court will feature LED lighting, interchange and officials’ boxes, dasher boards and posts, safety bollards and a shock pad sub-base to improve playability with a synthetic grass surface.
The state-of-the-art court includes multi-purpose functions, with Futsal lines being included to accommodate Futsal practice in future.
The redevelopment of the box lacrosse court is welcome news given the original facility was a temporary training court, not attracting or facilitating increased participation to the sport.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Jonathon Marsden:
“The exciting and much anticipated renewal of the Paisley Park Box Lacrosse court will provide great possibilities for the wider lacrosse community, futsal players and sporting fanatics alike.
“The construction of a ‘first in the southern hemisphere’ box lacrosse court will ensure continued growth of a local lacrosse community that is among the strongest in the world.”
Quotes attributable to Cr Peter Hemphill:
“The late Alan Lewer was a huge advocate for the renewal of the old box lacrosse court in Paisley Park, Altona North. Alan wanted Paisley Park to become the box lacrosse capital of Australia. Although he is not here to see it, I think the works we have done here over this short period of time would have made him proud.
“We have achieved his vision and then some, taking box lacrosse to a brand-new level with a facility that would rival any other community facility within the sporting landscape.”
Quotes attributable to Cr Pamela Sutton-Legaud:
“This could not be a better opportunity to advocate for more females to join a sport like lacrosse. Through the state government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund, together with Council funding, we have produced a high-quality facility that is an encouraging and appealing move to bridge the gender gap in sport.”