Federal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser MP, brought Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Sport, to Headen Park to announce $125,000 of Federal Government funding for Beecroft Rugby Club.
The funding will be used to construct a second level on the existing clubhouse to upgrade the change rooms, the referee rooms, and the toilets.
“This is a fantastic result for the Thornleigh and Beecroft community,” said Mr Leeser. “From the time I was elected I have been listening to the members of Beecroft Rugby Club about their ambitions to grow the club and rugby participation. Since then, I have been fighting for a better Headen Park for everyone. I am thrilled that all the hard work paid off and we have been able to deliver for the Beecroft Rugby Club and the community,” said Mr Leeser.
Beecroft Rugby Club President, Ben Ashwood and longstanding members were at the funding announcement on Thursday.
“Our club could not be more excited about our funding being approved. We are immensely grateful for Julian’s success in having this project funded,” said Mr Ashwood.
“We want to grow the game in the women’s sevens and Under 21s men’s divisions. But we need better facilities to accommodate everyone. This funding will help us continue to deliver for our members and their families,” said Mr Ashwood.
Minister McKenzie visited Headen Park to make the funding announcement.
“It is fantastic that I am able to let the Beecroft Rugby Club know that we are investing in their infrastructure to help drive greater participation in Rugby,” said Minister McKenzie.
“We understand that our success and prowess as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports which is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities.”
“Participation in sport also teaches our children valuable life lessons – like how to lose and come back the next week and do better. It also teaches important values like respect for the opposition, playing with sportsmanship and respecting the referee’s decision,” said Minister McKenzie.
Beecroft Rugby Club has over 120 players, playing in the senior club. They play in four senior grade teams and one under-21 Colts team. BRC’s junior club, the Northern Barbarians, has over 300 active players.