Centre Of Excellence Established For NSW Rugby League
15 Nov 2015
NSW has reaffirmed its position as the world’s home of Rugby League with a new $20-million NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) Centre of Excellence to be built at Sydney Olympic Park.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the facility will be a game changer for Rugby League in NSW.
“For over a century, NSW has been the spiritual home of Rugby League. This complex will provide a pathway for emerging talent from junior representative sides through to the NSW Blues State of Origin team,” Mr Ayres said.
“The NSW Government is committed to providing the highest quality facilities to ensure the longevity and future success of Rugby League in this State.”
The Centre of Excellence will include a full size training field next to the Athletic Centre and a new building for specialised support facilities and the offices of the NSW Rugby League.
This facility will also adjoin a tunnel providing direct access to ANZ Stadium – originally built to transfer track and field athletes during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis said the Centre of Excellence places NSWRL at the forefront of sporting organisations in Australia.
“It will be the equal of or better than any high performance facility of any sport in the country,” Dr Peponis said.
NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said support from the NSW Government and Sydney Olympic Park Authority will set the game up for long term success at all levels.
“The benefits will extend to everyone in the NSW rugby league family. Our junior players, refs and women’s teams will all have use of the facility and, at times, the other specialist sports grounds in the precinct,” Mr Trodden said.
NSW Blues State of Origin coach Laurie Daley said the access to state of the art
facilities at the Centre of Excellence, as well as the other facilities in the precinct, creates a wonderful opportunity.
“We finally have a place that we can call home. And there is no doubt this will improve our preparation,” Mr Daley said.
This investment highlights the continuing growth of Sydney Olympic Park as a sporting and business gateway to Western Sydney, with Netball Central, the NSW Institute of Sport, Samsung and Lion Group amongst those who call it home.
The NSWRL Centre of Excellence is expected to be completed in late 2017.
John Redman I Minister Ayres I 0400 298 929
Tracie Edmondson I NSWRL I 0416 258 342