Sydney Roosters fans will have plenty to crow about after the NSW Government approved construction of a $10.6 million world-class training facility inside the new Sydney Football Stadium (SFS).
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the Sydney Roosters Centre of Excellence will include high-performance training facilities, office space, medical rooms and an education theatre in the heart of the Moore Park precinct.
“The Sydney Roosters are part of the fabric at Moore Park and I’m sure current and aspiring players, fans and club officials will be ecstatic to have their future home cemented in the Chooks’ heartland,” Mr Stokes said.
“There will be opportunities for schools and local junior football teams to visit the centre and enjoy a Roosters rugby league experience.”
Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the NSW Government has committed $5.7 million to the project to support the Roosters’ efforts to increase grassroots and women’s participation in rugby league.
“The new Sydney Roosters Centre of Excellence will boost the club’s hopes for the upcoming seasons by providing both elite and grassroots players access to a world-class training hub,” Mrs Ward said.
“This outstanding sporting centre will complement the new SFS, which will be the Sydney Roosters new home ground, along with a village precinct delivering new open space for the community and stadium visitors.”
Sydney Roosters CEO Joe Kelly said approval of the facility was another exciting milestone for everyone involved in the club.
“The SFS is our home and we consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have secured a permanent base within this new world-class stadium,” Mr Kelly said.
“The Sydney Roosters Centre of Excellence has been designed with every consideration to assist with elite team performance for our men’s and women’s teams, and we look forward to sharing further updates with our stakeholders and Members in the coming months.”
The Sydney Roosters Centre of Excellence is expected to be completed in late 2022, ready for the 2023 National Rugby League (NRL) pre-season.
The SFS is scheduled for completion by the 2022 NRL Grand Final.