What we are asking

Help us support one of the Peninsula’s largest sports club membership bases at the Emil Madsen Reserve in Mount Eliza. We need $8 million to replace the current short-term portable change rooms with new unisex change rooms, plus a new car park and landscaping.

What makes this unique

Emil Madsen Reserve is the largest sporting reserve on the Mornington Peninsula and the tenant clubs have among the largest participation bases on the Peninsula.

It has been home to Mount Eliza Cricket Club since 1945, and Mount Eliza Football Netball Club and Junior Football Club since 1970.

Since 2018, the 550-member Mount Eliza Soccer Club has also been based at the reserve.

The new change rooms and car park would be used by literally hundreds of residents – both juniors and seniors – for training and competitions each week.

The new pavilion will be used by all the sporting codes that call the Reserve home – soccer, AFL, cricket and netball.

We adopted the Emil Madsen Reserve Master Plan in 2019 which outlines the facilities needed for the Mount Eliza Soccer Club to finally be able to call Emil Madsen its home.

The Master Plan includes three competition-level soccer pitches and a shared pavilion to service the soccer pitches, netball courts and AFL/Cricket oval.

In 2018, two senior competition-size soccer pitches were installed, along with the portable change rooms, allowing the Mount Eliza Soccer Club to relocate to the Reserve in 2018.

However, the soccer club is fast outgrowing the portable change rooms and is in desperate need of a new pavilion to service its large and growing participation base – both male and female.

Due to the high level of participation, the club is currently forced to split its training and match day operations across Emil Madsen Reserve and Mount Eliza Secondary College. The third and final soccer pitch is currently being constructed and will reduce the need for the club to split its activities, once ready for use for the 2023 winter season.

The Mount Eliza Football Netball Club teams are also currently using short-term portable change facilities.

Since the netball courts at Emil Madsen were constructed in 2018, the netballers have not had compliant change rooms to use. This project will support female participation in sport by providing much-needed change rooms.

While the main tenant of the new pavilion will be the Mount Eliza Soccer Club, it will also provide change rooms for the Mount Eliza Junior Football Club, Mount Eliza Cricket Club – each with their large, diverse membership bases.

This project supports the Victorian Government’s commitment to investing in sport and recreation infrastructure, to promote broader and more inclusive participation (Active Victoria, 2017 – 2021).

The ability of the club to meet existing and future demand – and keep providing new opportunities for women and girls – is largely dependent on having the required facilities to meet sporting standards for training and competition. This means a compliant unisex change rooms, with associated amenities, storage, umpires change facilities, medical room and social spaces.

The Emil Madsen Reserve Soccer Pavilion project will allow the Mount Eliza Soccer Club and Mount Eliza Football Netball Club to consolidate their operations out of the one facility – and grow their already large participation base.

The Mount Eliza Soccer Club has a particularly strong and growing junior girls’ program with six teams and 60 female players. The Mount Eliza Football Netball Club has four netball teams and roughly 45 female players.

This program has grown significantly in recent years, with continued growth expected. The club has the stated aim of increasing its female teams from six to eight for the 2022 season

Theme 3: A flourishing, healthy and connected community:

  • Strategic Objective 3.4 – supports a community with vibrant arts, culture, sport and recreational opportunities, that foster connections and participation across generations, backgrounds and abilities.

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