The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will establish the club's first ever high performance centre and training facilities for all grades in the heart of Parramatta, with the first stage of approval granted on Monday by Parramatta City Council.
Parramatta City Council has agreed to the club establishing a training base at Old Saleyards and Dan Mahoney Reserves in North Parramatta, which will include two A-grade fields in the first stage of construction.
“This is the first time our NRL, NYC, NSW Cup and district representative teams will be able to train at the same facility, instead of various locations around the Parramatta area,” Eels Chairman Steve Sharp said.
“We have been using old and outdated facilities for many years, and this move will allow our players to use the elite facilities they deserve.”
The first stage of construction will see the Eels upgrade two playing fields, build flood lighting and temporary facilities at the reserves.
Parramatta City has also agreed to give in-principle support to longer-term plans for a permanent high performance and community centre, with features to include a gymnasium, player recovery facilities, coaching and video rooms, a theatrette and office space for club administration.
“Our vision is to create a world-class centre that will give the Parramatta Eels the best training and high performance facilities in the NRL, which will be crucial to the long-term continued success of our club,” Eels CEO Scott Seward said.
The Eels will also continue to work with council in relation to the long term planning of the Pirtek Stadium precinct to ensure it remains a major sporting asset for the local community.
Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Councillor John Chedid, says the approval will keep the Eels in their traditional heartland of Parramatta.
“The Eels have contributed a significant amount to the Parramatta community for a long time and our recent Memorandum of Understanding aims to recognise this and to further develop the relationship going forward,” Cr Chedid said.
“The community looks to the Eels not only as great athletes and competitors but as ambassadors and champions for Western Sydney.”