The UTS Australian Football Club will benefit from a $1 million facilities grant as part of the NSW Government’s Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund that will take Bat and Ball Oval to the next level.
The redevelopment of the facility will including a funding contribution from the club.
This announcement is the culmination of years of hard work and lobbying from club volunteers and the local community to improve facilities in one of the busiest ovals in Sydney.
The Bats are 21 years old, and this announcement will help secure the club’s future for many years to come.
Space is at a premium in the eastern suburbs in Sydney, and this investment in facilities at Bat and Ball Oval will provide the club with the perfect platform to grow our youth pathways into the club.
Bat and Ball Oval Upgrade achieved by club collaboration
Club President Megan Gigacz said that the Bats were grateful for a true team approach in delivering facilities that will benefit not only the Bats but also the wider football community.
“We are really grateful to a number of people who have worked tirelessly to deliver vitally needed improved facilities at Bat and Ball Oval,” she said.
“The club would like to recognise the significant efforts from our junior pathway club, Moore Park Tigers JAFC, who have worked relentlessly to improve facilities at the oval, not only for their players, but for the wider community.
“We can’t wait to share this improved facility with them.
“We are grateful to the AFL in the partnership in helping to deliver first-class facilities in the heart of Sydney for our game.
“We would like to acknowledge and thank the NSW Government as part of the Greater Cities Sports Facility Fund, and we’d like to thank Dave Sharma, Ron Hoenig and Marjorie O’Neill for their considerable support.
“The club benefits from significant support through our partnership with UTS Sport and Activate UTS. This improved facility at Bat and Ball Oval will provide greater opportunities for students both locally and from interstate to experience the game as well as provide avenues to play at the highest level in NSW.
“We look forward to finally playing competition matches at the venue in the future, with a packed crowd at Bat and Ball.
“There has never been a better time to be a Bat!”