There’s new fire in the bellies of players and officials at Waterford Demons Rugby League Football Club after the sod was turned last week on a new $1.8 million clubhouse.
The club has 450 players, including 120 girls, and has been operating from an outdated clubhouse, gym and amenities which will be demolished to make way for the new facilities.
The clubhouse will be at Noffke Park, Meadowbrook and will have new clubrooms, a canteen, office, storage, spectator amenities and a gym.
Demon’s life member Mick Sparey said the club is one of the most successful junior clubs in south-east Queensland with 30 teams including five female teams in the Under 12, 14 and 16 divisions.
“The growth in the number of junior girl players has been the biggest growth area of the club for a number of years,” Mr Sparey said.
“Having new amenities will make a big difference to those girls and to the senior women’s team which we plan on putting on the field next season.
“We haven’t been able to use the clubhouse for a couple of years so having somewhere to go and relax and a gym to train in will just make the club more appealing and add to the professional image that we are trying to get across.”
Waterford MP Shannon Fentiman said the new facilities would be a game changer for local players, volunteers and fans.
“I think it’s fair to say our local community is rugby league mad, with the Demons being one of Logan’s largest rugby league clubs,” Waterford MP Shannon Fentiman said.
“We want local families to see the benefits of these new facilities as soon as possible, so we are getting construction started right away, with completion due for the middle of 2022.”
Logan City Council is spearheading the funding and design of the clubhouse with a $1.3 million contribution, while the state government is pitching in $500,000.
The facilities will be built by Queensland company Premis Solutions.
City of Logan Mayor Darren Power said the new purpose-built clubhouse would be the icing on the cake for Waterford Demons.
“Work has already recently been carried out to replace the car park and the field lights, so the clubhouse is the final piece of the puzzle,” he said.
“As a council we are committed to providing top-class sporting facilities and I look forward to the Demons being able to build on their membership once the works are complete.”