Hartfield Park nominates for Women’s World Cup 2023 Training Site
The City of Kalamunda has partnered with the Forrestfield United Football Club’s (FUFC) for Hartfield Park to become a training site for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.
Australia and New Zealand were granted hosting rights for the landmark event late last month and had asked for expressions of interest from Councils and grass-roots clubs to be involved in 2019.
FUFC president Mark Twamley said the Women’s World Cup coming down under is an amazing achievement and will result in massive growth for the sport locally.
“Our club has a strong history and a proud love of football and we thought it was a great opportunity to work with the City of Kalamunda to stick up our hand and bid to become a training site for the 2023 Women’s World Cup,” Mr Twamley said.
Since 2014, football (soccer) has seen a steady increase in participation in Australia for both girls and boys aged 6 years to 13 years and now accounts for 50 per cent of all sign ups.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said the City was a strong supporter of community sport and welcomed the partnership with FUFC.
“It would be a major coup to see one of our local sporting fields become the training ground for different international elite women’s teams,” Cr Thomas said.
“The opportunity for our community is huge and the potential flow on effects are multi-faceted from encouraging more girls and women to play football through to the local economy benefitting from having an influx of players, support staff, family and fans.”
The final decision regarding venue selection remains at FIFA’s discretion with announcements not expected until next year.