Kedron Lions Kick off 2022 Season With Unveiling of Upgraded Oval

Did you know that the Kedron Lions has a newly upgraded oval?

Club members had raised $35,000 for the upgrade of the Kedron Lions’ oval. The Club also received an additional grant amounting to $40,000 from the AFL Grand Final Facilities Fund, $32,000 from the Community Gambling Benefit Fund, and $120,000 from BCC.

The State also rendered assistance by providing $100,000 for the upgrade of the oval and new irrigation at the Kedron Lions as part of The Gabba’s 2020 AFL Grand Final legacy.

“Some 500 tonnes of sand were laid under 17,500 square metres of hard-wearing Wintergreen couch turf with the Lions also putting in a new sprinkler and pump system,” Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said.

“This community partnership is a great win for the club’s 494 registered players including Lady Lions, juniors and colts.”

Kedron Lions are “off to a flying start”
Kedron Lions are “off to a flying start” | Photo Credit: AFL Queensland / Facebook

For his part, Member for Stafford Jimmy Sullivan said that Kedron Lions football season was “off to a flying start” and encouraged more girls and women “to get onto an AFL oval and bring their best game.”

“Girls and women currently make up 42 per cent of player rosters at community AFL clubs in Queensland,” Mr Sullivan said.

“And we know when girls and women have access to female friendly community sport infrastructure, they’re more likely to join a club, stay active and excel.” 

Kedron Lions 2022 Season
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The State Government and the Australian Football League have together invested a total of $8 million in the Grand Final Facilities Fund which aims to assist local governments, community Australian football clubs, umpiring organisations and schools in developing AFL facilities.

“The Palaszczuk Government and the Australian Football League each put $4 million into the AFL Grand Final Facilities Fund,” Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said. 

“To grow the game, quality field lighting, change rooms, ovals and irrigation are being rolled out at community AFL clubs across Queensland.

Currently underway are AFL infrastructure projects in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Mount Isa, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba.

“These projects are co-funded by clubs themselves to qualify for Grand Final legacy funding and encourage community ownership of upgraded football infrastructure.”