The Macarthur Bulls have just been promised $12.5 million to create a high performance and community sporting precinct at Camden, if the Liberal and Nationals Government are re-elected in March.

Making the announcement this morning, Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the new centre of excellence would be a state-of-the art facility that would also reinvigorate the Bulls’ push for an elite women’s team.

“This project will create a high-performance sporting precinct that will aid the full lifecycle of athlete development from grassroots participation right through to the A-League,” Mr Henskens said.

The project will include four elite standard training fields, including one synthetic. It will also house a high performance gym, aquatic and recovery facility, and a multi-purpose theatre and community space.

“The Macarthur FC Park will help grassroots juniors and elite professionals reach their full potential by providing the community with a state-of-the-art facility currently not available in the region,” Macarthur Bulls CEO Sam Krslovic said.

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said the facility has been designed to include and connect the community through multi-purpose areas.

“The Bulls are already a huge part of our community and this facility will give them a permanent presence that will facilitate further engagement and connection with fans, as well as opportunities to develop grassroots football locally,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

At hand for the announcement were Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith and Therese Fedeli, Camden Mayor and Liberal Candidate for Leppington.

Calling the commitment a big win for South West Sydney and the football faithful in Bulls heartland, Mr Smith said, “This program is bridging the gap between elite sport and the grassroots, by bringing our sporting heroes closer to the community and creating strong links with pathway and development programs.”