endorsed the G21 Regional Hockey Strategy, which provides a framework to
improve hockey participation and access to facilities in the region over the next 10 years.
document is a project between the G21 Region Alliance, the five local
governments in the G21 region (including the City of Greater Geelong), Hockey
Victoria and other members of the hockey community.
to venues, facility capacity and limited access to venues on school land are
among the challenges the sport is facing in our region.
consultation with the hockey community, several priorities have been identified
to try to boost participation numbers in the sport here.
recommends The City works with Hockey Victoria to advocate for two
multi-purpose hockey pitches within the Armstrong Creek West Regional Sporting
Precinct. All competition is currently played at Stead Park,
Corio and while the facility is of a premier standard, travel time for
competitors outside of Geelong is seen as a major participation barrier.
The strategy also encourages council to
support the development of a floodlit synthetic pitch at King Lloyd Reserve in
Newtown, as per the reserve’s master plan. This development needs to be
investigated further before any funding commitment is made, and will need to demonstrate
widespread participation outcomes.
floodlighting at existing pitches is recommended, in order to allow for
training to be scheduled later during the winter season and encourage more
players to get involved.
suggests looking into opportunities to host more state and national level
events and competitions at Stead Park, to increase interest in the sport and boost
the local economy.
Another critical action is for Hockey Victoria
and the Geelong Hockey Association to work with schools to facilitate better hockey
council’s resolution, the document will go to the G21 Board for endorsement.
Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood
This strategy is a fantastic way forward to increase participation
As an Olympic sport, it is great to increase the
opportunity for our hockey players to reach the highest levels.
The document doesn’t commit council to any funding, but
it does outline potential projects that will need further investigation.
It’s so important for our locals to keep active and build
community connections through sport, as they have far-reaching health and
social benefits for our Greater Geelong region.
Greater Geelong Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy, Co-Chair, Social and Infrastructure
This strategy has been put together through extensive consultation with
the hockey community and should help the sport grow participation in our region
over the next 10 years.
Australia has a proud history of success on the world stage in hockey, so
in that context it’s important we support it and give local players the best
chance of reaching their full potential.