Council ticks off on G21 Regional Hockey Strategy

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Council has 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.

The 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.

Travel time to venues, facility capacity and limited access to venues on school land are among the challenges the sport is facing in our region.

Following significant consultation with the hockey community, several priorities have been identified to try to boost participation numbers in the sport here.

The report 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.

Increasing 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.

The blueprint 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 facility access.

Following 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 in hockey.

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 Planning portfolio

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.


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