Newcastle Centre for Excellence

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  1. krustykraz

    krustykraz Marty Crequer

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  2. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Big win for wests.
    They will have control of several facilities for basically nothing.
    The 10 mill they put in will come from the money they are required to put into community programmes anyway.
    There is talk of a sports medicine centre, a big gym, some accommodation, probably catering facilities and of course, venues they can use to put on events.

    One of the plans in the papers showed a direct walking track to Broadmeadow station that looked no longer than 150 metres, as opposed to nearly a kilometre walk now.
     
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    mozza Game on broheim

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    Great news. We’ve had a few false dawns but I think we’re finally on our way to becoming a blue chip club on and off the field.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Oddly, the photo the Herald chose to use for that article shows a proposal from years ago to build new stands at the ends of the ground (I think it was to do with the ground needing to be bigger if Australia got the soccer world cup).
    They have previously had some great mock ups of what the centre of excellence might look like, but haven't used one of those for this article.
     
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    I think you might be giving the Herald too much credit to be honest.

    Great result for the Knights and the town though. Cue all the whingers in the Herald comments. Oh dear.
     
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    mozza Game on broheim

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    The Herald is an arsewipe. Not quite on the same level as the DT but still utter garbage. It’s readership is equally bad. Negative ******s who complain about Newcastle’s lack of visitors and events and then **** and moan when they try to do something to attract visitors.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    20 mill doesn't buy a lot these days, but we also get to take over the lease on the facilities that are already there.
    A bit of a net search shows there is a decent looking grandstand building that includes a 300 seat restaurant, a function centre for 80 people, a museum currently used for harness racing, but Gardiner has said will be used for Knights stuff, and some office space. There is also a big building that I assume is a stables. It looks like it could be fitted out as a gym, and possibly the medical centre they are talking about. there is also a lot of lighting towers around the trotting track that look like they wouldn't need much change to be used to light 2 of the 4 football fields. The area also backs onto the ground floor of the Andrew Johns stand and it shouldn't be hard to put in a few access ways to the large concourse area of that stand, which would allow crowds to use the toilets, catering outlets, etc.
     
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    Kurriboy Todd Bates

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    I suspect Wests probably would have gone ahead with the Centre of excellence regardless of the government grant or not. But it's great to get the support from the Government.

    Should add some nice facilities to the ground.
     
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    I doubt it I feel Wests took on the Knights because they felt they needed too not wanted too. The centre of excellence is an opportunity but not one wests needed of government not involved. Those saying it's just giving money away to rich clubs are fools, Venues NSW need to have major sporting teams as tennants. Wests may have spent more $10 million on the Knights but would have been at one of their clubs probably balance not at Broadmeadow no way
     
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    Newcastle's Centre of Excellence approved

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    Tue 19 Dec 2017, 05:42 PM


    The NSW Government has today announced a grant of $10 million for a Rugby League Centre of Excellence in Newcastle, in conjunction with The Wests Group.

    The Wests Group has committed $10 million to the project, which will provide state of the art facilities for the local community.

    The Knights were one of five NRL Clubs to receive Centre of Excellence funding, in which the NSW Government has offered dollar-for-dollar grants to build the Centres of Excellence.

    “We’re delighted that this project has been given the go-ahead,” said Philip Gardner, Newcastle Knights / The Wests Group CEO.

    “The Centre of Excellence has always been a fundamental part of our vision.

    “It will not only provide an additional four fields for grassroots football and NRL training, but will also prove to be the catalyst for the further development of the Broadmeadow sports precinct, which the wider Hunter community will benefit from.”

    Meanwhile, coach Nathan Brown said the Centre of Excellence will be a terrific asset for the Club as it aims to recruit established players and hold onto its best juniors.

    “These facilities will certainly help local juniors play rugby league and accelerate their development in such a great environment,” Brown said.

    Centres of Excellence were identified by the NSW Government as an important part of the Stadia Strategy in 2012 to maintain the link between high performance sport and community engagement.

    Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the development of these new centres will provide multi-purpose facilities that offer promising young athletes and high-performance athletes with world-class training and development in their local area.

    “They also provide NRL Clubs an opportunity to maintain a strong presence in traditional communities as the Government prioritises capital investment into a targeted number of NSW Government venues,” Mr Ayres concluded.


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2017/12/19/knights-centre-of-excellence-approved/
     
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  11. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Wests specialise in catering and events management.
    This proposal gives them control of areas that could be used for anything from rock concerts to big bash cricket to camping and fishing shows - just about anything you can think of, depending how they configure it.
    They'll make a quid out of this - it's what they do.
    It's not a bad thing - the more money they make, the more will trickle down to the Knights.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Gardiner now saying this is due to be completed in November 2019 and saying dormitory style accommodation will be included.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Heard today that the rugby 7s that are on in Sydney at the moment could be shifted to Macdonald Jones if work on the stadiums in Sydney goes ahead - I expect all the extra fields and accommodation would be the selling point.
     

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