Time is ticking – The transformation of Jack Edwards Reserve is now nearing the end of the design phase and soon the people of Oakleigh and beyond will be able to witness the amazing results of this important project.
Thankfully, the process has been going smoothly, proving that the hard work of those involved has really paid off.
We managed to get in touch with Con Kavalakis, the Chairman of the Oakleigh Cannons, to get the inside scoop on all the exciting developments regarding the huge project.
“The Jack Edwards Reserve project is going amazingly well, and we couldn’t be more proud to be part of it.
Our main focus is to ensure the kids have resources and facilities that are safe and enjoyable for them – and, of course, our goal is to make sure girls can join in on all the football fun too.
It’s about time that football sports facilities become more accessible for everyone.
It’s time to make football magic happen for the next generations, and we’re ready to get to it”
Home of the Oakleigh Cannons, champions for 2022 and winners of the Dockerty cup for 2023, the redevelopment will see facilities upgraded to provide a new pavilion that meets the requirements for an NPL venue, including:
- Two female-friendly changing rooms for referees.
- Four female – friendly locker rooms.
- Brand new large social space with a beautiful outdoor deck.
- First aid room.
- Complete lighting upgrade using LED technology.
- Timekeeper and media room.
- Grandstand for 500 people
The board of Oakleigh Cannons. Photo: New World 2022
It’s no secret that the people behind this project are determined to create facilities that will make girls’ sports shine.
With women’s football on the rise, the existing facilities just can’t keep up.
That’s why Jack Edwards Reserve will be a top-notch sports centre, ready to host thousands of girls and boys playing football.
The total project budget is a whopping $14.7 million, with contributions from the City, Victorian Government, Australian Government, and Oakleigh Cannons.
It may sound pricey, but it’ll provide a safe haven for the young people of Oakleigh and the surrounding areas.
The detailed design of the Jack Edwards Reserve will be ready by November, with construction starting in April 2024 – so get ready to kick off the future of the king of sport!