The Port Adelaide Football Club has welcomed today’s announcement from the State Government and the Office for Recreation and Sport of a further $1.5 million in funding towards the Alberton Oval precinct redevelopment.

The grant takes the State Government contribution to the redevelopment to $3 million, after a previous funding announcement last May.

The funding will contribute towards the upgrade of the changerooms and facilities under the Fos Williams Family Stand to accommodate Port Adelaide’s AFLW programs, two indoor community basketball courts as part of the club’s soon to be redeveloped high performance centre and also the expanded training pitch on the eastern side of Alberton Oval, which will also be used for junior sport and passive recreation.

Port Adelaide chief executive Matthew Richardson thanked the State Government for its contribution to the Alberton Oval precinct redevelopment.

“The upgrade of the Alberton Oval precinct is an important feature of our entry into the AFLW competition from next season and provides elite training and playing facilities for our men’s and women’s teams, as well as next generation academies,” Mr Richardson said.

“Importantly, the improved and expanded facilities also provide access to junior community sports teams which is an important part of opening up the precinct for broader community and recreational use outside of the football club’s own requirements.”

Work on the changerooms upgrades to the Fos William Family Stand and the new social club facility, The Precinct at Alberton are expected to be completed by April.

The Club is currently working through the final design, documentation and schedule planning on phase two of the $30 million transformation of the entire Alberton Oval precinct, being the high-performance centre upgrade and wider precinct redevelopment.

It is expected these works will commence in the second half of 2022.