20 March 2017
Front row (L to R) - Conor Morahan and Lili Lambert; Back row (L to R) - Cr Grimwade, Jason McKee and Tom McGrow
Moreton Bay Regional Council and local footy giants Samford Rangers FC have celebrated the completion of soccer’s newest home in the valley, the $1.73 million Samford Parklands football clubhouse.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 11 Councillor Darren Grimwade said on Saturday, March 18, council and Samford Rangers FC club members officially opened the new 500m2 clubhouse with a special community celebration during round one of the club’s junior competition.
The clubhouse, built by council, includes a 150m2 club room, fully-serviced kitchen and bar, four change rooms, bathrooms and storage facilities.
“The new Samford Parklands football clubhouse is a world-class facility that caters for the Rangers 680-plus members and 56 teams,” Cr Grimwade said.
“With soccer regarded as the most popular outdoor sport in the country and new formats like five-a-side meaning clubs like the Rangers play virtually year-round, this is a facility that can be utilised by local teams throughout the year for a variety of fixtures and events.
“Sports like football not only help people of all ages keep fit, they also build valuable community spirit, and it’s why council has invested more than $32.5 million in 2016/17 in facilities like the new Samford Parklands clubhouse as well as ongoing sport, recreation and park opportunities.”
As part of the clubhouse project, the existing Cash House facility located at the parklands will now be used as office space for Samford Rangers FC and as change rooms for officials.
Samford Rangers FC President Tom McGrow said the clubhouse opening marked the next chapter in the Rangers’ storied history.
“From our humble beginnings at Harold Brown Park more than 40 years ago to a club that now sports all ages from three-years-old to 60-years-old in junior, men, women and senior teams, this is a momentous occasion for both our club and its members,” Mr McGrow said.
“I’d like to express our sincere appreciation to council for creating a space that our aspiring football players will use week-in, week-out and to the local Samford community for its ongoing support for soccer in the region.”
The clubhouse is located at 2149 Mt Samson Road, Samford Valley.