From a small demountable clubhouse that was previously the home of a baseball club, Ormeau Football Club can say they have come a long way since they first entered the league.
When given the right of the use of the facility, the club had enough room for four Miniroos fields, two full size fields and an area for a squirts program.
Since then, the club was lucky enough to obtain a grant in 2016 and managed to upgrade the canteen facilities, one of many projects that were completed during this period.
The club also managed to raise, irrigate and re-turf the main field in 2016 and install lights they were waiting for. The other main full size field was re-configured to run parallel to their first field.
“When we moved Field 2 to run parallel, it allowed us to increase our Miniroos fields to give and have a permanent dedicated area for the squirts rather than a makeshift one,” said Belinda Scullino, club administrator
However, the club did not stop there when they continued to improve on the facility.
They recently installed a fenced compound to house their portable goals with the help of money received from Bendigo Bank.
In ensuring spectator viewing was at the highest comfort, the club also purchased two grand stands for field one with money received from a grant and local club fundraising.
“All the changes you see around the club could not have been done without the help of the GCCC, Cr Donna Gates, government grants and our members,” said Scullino.
The club and Cr Donna Gates are now planning new toilet facilities and a clubhouse for 2020 for the All Stars. They will also be installing additional lighting for the rest of Norfolk Park, with the timing unknown for the project.
“We have a goal in mind that we want to achieve and with the help of some grants and local council we believe that we can finally have the home our members deserve in the next few years,” said Scullino.