Upgrade 'means the world' to Modbury Vista Soccer Club

Published on 03 December 2021

Modbury Vista Soccer Club has a new home at Wynn Vale’s Richardson Reserve and it seems that members couldn’t be happier.

“It means the world to us,” said club executive committee member Brenton Stehniak.

“It’s a feeling that words can’t describe.”

Richardson Reserve has undergone a $7.2 million transformation since 2019, thanks to investment by Tea Tree Gully Council and state and federal grants.

Today the club’s 440 players get to play on state-of-the-art synthetic pitches after Tea Tree Gully Council invested $2.9 million in replacing the substandard turf pitches in 2019.

And now the club is moving into a newly constructed $4.3 million three-level community building and other improvements, also funded by Tea Tree Gully Council.

The building has inclusive change rooms, a function space and canteen, plus a balcony overlooking the pitches and a grandstand.

Brenton says the club’s new space is one of the best – if not the best – in Adelaide.

“This is going to help bring the club together. We owe the Council big time.

“The women's and girls' side of the club has grown in the last two to three years and is only going to get larger and larger,” said Brenton.

The pitches and change room facilities are now in line with the required Football SA standards.

The wider community will also benefit from the new building. The ground floor has three rooms, with modern facilities, available for community hire.

Deputy Mayor Lucas Jones said the Richardson Reserve upgrade would serve the community for many years.

“The upgrade represents a significant investment in community wellbeing. Sport, in particular, plays a vital role in building a strong community, both for players and supporters.”

The City of Tea Tree Gully received the following grants to assist with costs to upgrade the soccer pitches: 

  • Government of Australia, Sport Australia - $500,000
  • Government of South Australia, State Local Government Infrastructure Partnership, $242,000.

Note: Figures for stage 2 updated on 18 February 2022

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