New FIFA-accredited pitch to open next week

The new FIFA accredited football pitch at Christie Park is inspected this week by Gladesville Hornsby Football Association members Nikki Riddle, Mark Lockie and Jo Ryan with Clr Roy Maggio and (in background) the City of Ryde team of Jeff Kerr, Geoff Frost, Andrew Ford, Richie Griffiths, Stephen Alderton and Simon James. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO

THE FIRST FIFA-accredited, synthetic turf football pitch in the City of Ryde will be built by next week.

The all-weather, synthetic turf field at Christie Park will be the home ground of the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association and clubs that include Ryde Magic, the Gladesville Ravens and North West Sydney Koalas.

Mark Lockie from the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association said his teams can’t wait to run out onto the new field.

“We actually have 15 teams waiting to play on this outstanding new pitch, which gives us an opportunity to schedule more community teams more often because this is an all weather pitch,” he said.

“We thank the City Of Ryde and Clr Roy Maggio for this new pitch and we hope to see many outstanding games and many outstanding individual performances here.”

Councillor Maggio described the new pitch as a dream come true.

“I have been pushing for this new field for years and it is one of the very few FIFA-accredited pitches in Australia and something the City Of Ryde can be proud of.”

The City of Ryde’s Manager of Parks, Simon James, said he was proud of his team’s performance to deliver the new pitch in time for the winter football season.

“We now only two weeks away from the opening and the weather is our biggest challenge now as we complete the concrete work and the landscaping,” Mr James said.

“The project started in June and it is one our team a very proud of, especially so because it is FIFA accredited.”