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Canberra A-League bid to build $30 million training facility Empty Canberra A-League bid to build $30 million training facility

Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:37 am
The Canberra A-League bid will build a $30 million state-of-the-art training facility if it wins an expansion licence next week, with the hub likely to double as the new Capital Football headquarters.

The complex has been dubbed a "mini AIS for football" and will likely be built at Gungahlin or become part of the Stromlo Forest Park redevelopment.

It is understood the money is guaranteed if Canberra are one of two teams added to the A-League, with the Football Federation Australia board expected to announce the successful bidders on Wednesday.

Capital Football has been searching for appropriate land and funds to build new facilities for almost three years and a successful A-League bid could finally provide the answer.

The Canberra A-League team will initially be based out of the AIS if added to the competition next year and will play games at Canberra Stadium.

W-League side Canberra United currently trains at the University of Canberra and plays at McKellar Park. Capital Football runs Canberra United but its offices are across town at Deakin.

The plan to move to Gungahlin or Stromlo is to centralise the offices and training facilities of all three operations.

Details were revealed in Canberra's public bid document, which was released earlier this week as officials put the final pieces in place before the FFA board meeting.

The complex would be based on leading European clubs and aims to become one of the premier sports facilities in Australia.

Canberra have a heavyweight overseas investor - with ties to top leagues in the US and Europe - who the bid team described as a "whale" in their public document.

"The FFA wanted fish — we've brought them a whale. A heavy weight international backer with deep connections to the game; not just another billionaire backer," the document read.

"Our investor has the financial capacity to help establish us as a top A-League club. We have a fully funded world-class training facility in the works valued at over $30 million."

Canberra has firmed as a genuine front-runner of the six remaining bids and with a licence almost certainly headed to Melbourne, it has become a battle between Canberra and two Sydney teams.

The capital is dwarfed in population by Sydney but a closer look at the numbers shows the underdog is well and truly holding its own.

Canberra, Southern Expansion and Macarthur South West Sydney all have registered player numbers around the 25,000 mark - which puts the ACT streets ahead per capita.

The other compelling case for the Canberra is around 20 per cent of those player numbers in Sydney are already members of the Western Sydney Wanderers or Sydney FC.

There are some Canberra-based members of the existing A-League clubs but there's no other elite men's summer sport - like Big Bash cricket or NBL - played in the capital and the market is there for FFA's taking.

The expansion announced has been delayed by six weeks but Canberra bid team leader Michael Caggiano said there has been a silver lining to the nerve-racking wait.

"Most of the work has been done for a long time now, we wrote a plan for a football lifestyle in the region and we're ready to go, everything in is place," Caggiano said.

"We believe in merits of our bid and are waiting for the referee to make a decision. The delay has just meant our groundswell of support has built and built and we now have almost 8000 foundation members.

"The appetite is out there and the support for us is growing by the day, conversations are continuing and story is writing itself.

"But we’re not doing this to get lines in newspapers, we're doing what we believes is best for this thriving football community."
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