Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth has joined with Peninsula Power FC members and players to officially open the brand new indoor training facility, made possible thanks to the Coalition government’s $100million Move It Aus – Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

Mr Howarth visited AJ Kelly Park in Redcliffe to celebrate the opening of the new Community Indoor Training Centre that will enable players and the community greater access to all weather facilities and training opportunities.

Mr Howarth said he was proud to have been able to secure the $451,900 needed to build this two storey indoor training facility for the growing club.

“Providing this new facility means that the club can further support its 1000 players, from the Power Pee Wee tiny tots all the way up to the Masters’.

“The facility will serve as an all-inclusive space allowing all players to engage in training activities day and night, in any weather year round, which is very important for the players competing in the Premier League division, including the growing women’s contingent.

“As well as catering for players, AJ Kelly Park is also utilised by surrounding community groups, local schools and hospitals and this facility will provide additional training capacity and opportunities for the entire wider community.”

Mr Howarth said the facility is already used by more than 52,000 people in the region and it’s anticipated that with this new facility that number is expected to grow to almost 64,000.

“I’m proud to support investment in Petrie to support healthier, happier communities.”

Peninsula Power President Craig Feuerriegel thanked Mr Howarth for his continual support of the local club.

“Luke’s always been a fantastic supporter of our club he always goes above and beyond as the Federal member, but also in general. He has a passion for providing quality sporting facilities for local youth in Petrie and supporting locals.

“We can’t thank Luke enough for going into bat for us to provide this facility and it means that our club will now be able to expand our offering for local youth, players and the whole community.

“Our teams are at the highest level in the state and we want to make sure we are providing for those players and also planning for the future,” Mr Feuerriegel said.

Federal Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Richard Colbeck said there has been overwhelming demand for the program, which not only focuses on building better sporting facilities but connecting communities and promoting physical activity, social cohesion, civic pride and economic vitality.

“Last year we launched our national sport plan – Sport 2030 – and established a vision for Australia to become the world’s most active and healthy nation. This program is a major step in giving Australians the access to the healthy active spaces they need to get moving.”

This project is one of 684 projects delivered across the country as part of the Australian Government’s Move It AUS – Community Sport Infrastructure grant program.