Four footy venues benefit from NSW Government grants

Congratulations to four Sydney venues which have received a cumulative total of more than $2.5 million from the NSW Government’s  Greater Cities Sports Facilities Fund.

Two ovals will see improved lighting installed to allow for evening training and matches. The Camden Cats (Fairfax Reserve) received $330,000 and Inner West Magpies (Picken Oval) will benefit from $260,000. Picken Oval is a key AFL venue in Sydney as footy can be played there all year. The new lights will allow junior senior night football to be played at Picken, including the new Women’s Summer Series.

AFL NSW/ACT was proud to support the Cats and Magpies with their successful applications and are excited for how the new lighting will continue to support the growth of footy in NSW.

Additionally, the Greenway Park Sports Hub will receive $980,000 from the Greater Cities Sports Facilities Fund for new and upgraded changerooms and accessible facilities. The grant will help the Pennant Hills Demons complete their new clubhouse, with a fit out of a gymnasium planned for the near future.

Finally, Penrith City Council’s Gipps Street Recreation Precinct will receive $1 million from the Fund to build eight accessible change rooms. This is a win for footballers in the western suburbs, who will enjoy playing on this state of the art precinct (formerly a waste facility) when complete in late 2023.

These priority projects align to AFL NSW/ACT’s ambition to support community clubs to build a safe and inclusive environment so that everyone can enjoy our game.


AFL NSW/ACT welcomes the opportunity to assist clubs and councils looking to apply for future grants. Please contact Sam Thomson (, 0499 885 764) for further information.