Heidelberg West, VIC
Banyule City Council | Melbourne City Football Club
Acrylic | Soccer
In 2017, City in the Community was granted an allocation of funding from the Cityzens Giving campaign to build a futsal pitch in the local community.
Through this funding contributions, the City of Banyule collaborated with Melbourne City Football Club and SPORTENG to develop and deliver an outdoor futsal pitch, located within Malahang Reserve.
The main constraint with the project was integrating the futsal pitch into the site to minimize the impact on the established tress and to create a seamless interface with the existing skate park.
Like all Field of Play projects, a detailed geotechnical investigation was undertaken to determine the composition of the subgrade material. The geotechnical investigation report highlighted that the subgrade consisted of highly reactive clay that if not remediated or accounted for in the design would impact the longevity of the overlying pavement.
To account for the highly reactive subgrade material, the acrylic hard-court pavement consisted of a clay capping layer and geocomposite layer. The capping layer and geocomposite layer extended 1.5m beyond the fence line to provide extended coverage and protection to the pavement.
The acrylic surface is the Melbourne City FC club colours and has the clubs detailed logo as the centre circle.
The futsal pitch was successfully integrated into the reserve and has been heavily utilized by the community.
Upon the opening of the new Field of Play to the community, Melbourne City FC Head of Community, Sue Crow said: “We are delighted that City in the Community, through the Cityzens Giving fund, has been able to contribute towards an asset that will benefit the local community. […] The pitch has been two years in the making and we are thrilled with the work that the City of Banyule has done to bring the pitch to completion.”
Indeed, City in the Community have four local Young Leaders in the area who will be running free after school programs on the pitch.
Banyule Mayor, Cr Alison Champion said: “Our local youth passionately advocated for this facility and I’m really proud of the great outcome they have achieved. […] This 5-a-side soccer pitch will encourage physical activity and promote social interaction within our community. It’s wonderful to have worked with Melbourne City Soccer Club and the Federal government to bring about this exciting initiative.”