The Eagles set to shine bright in 2020
The Boroondara Eagles Football club will soon be showcasing their soccer skills under brighter lights thanks to a $206,000 lighting renewal project by Boroondara Council undertaken as part of Council’s 2019/20 capital works program.
Chris Constantine, President of the Boroondara Eagles Football Club welcomed the
project completion and congratulated the Council on the level of collaboration and
response to the growing need for accessible, safe and modern facilities that the growing football community deserves.
“The dim lighting at Macleay Park has been an ongoing issue for our members. It
meant having shorter training times, overuse of certain sections of the ground and less opportunity for the clubs’ male and female teams to utilise the whole ground safely, especially during twilight training” said Constantine.
“The council has been fantastic in consulting with the club and other community
stakeholders to deliver and create a greater learning space for our young players.”
This investment creates greater recreational participation in the community. Now
complete, the new 100 Lux sustainable LED lights will provide more reach across the
oval and ground time for teams to train and play.
“We have taken what once was a half-lit field to now provide coverage over two full
size soccer pitches and small sided pitches at the facility. The quality of this lighting is at a standard that offers our members the opportunity to safely extend recreational and sporting access at the ground by offering a range of opportunities from extended training sessions to hosting night matches/events,” said Mr. Constantine.
Football Victoria CEO, Peter Filopoulos said this achievement couldn’t have come at a better time for the football community of Boroondara.
“As the Victorian Football community works hard to return to football in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, this infrastructure gives Boroondara increased flexibility and the capacity to implement the correct social distancing protocols. It will also offer their players more training times and will foster inclusion among all their members as we return to football”.
“With close to 800 members, football clubs like the Boroondara Eagles are the lifeblood of their communities. We both congratulate and thank the Boroondara Council and the Club for working collaboratively to deliver the facilities the Victorian football community deserve.”
“This significant contribution to football is one of a number of projects that we are seeing Councils invest in across the state, all of which forms a key part of Football Victoria’s Facilities Strategy,” said Filopoulos.
Some more pictures:
Macleay Oval 1 with its new light poles
We were excited to be visited by Cr Felicity Sinfield from the City of Boroondara Council as well as Mr Kimon Taliadoros, President of Football Victoria, who came to witness our CovidSafe practices under the newly installed lights over Macleay Oval 1.