BY AMISH DESAI
CURTIN Soccer Club president Campbell Ballantyne says Curtin University “have done some outstanding work investing in the facilities so far but they’re not up to professional standards” as he reflected on Perth Glory’s proposed move to Curtin’s Hockey Stadium.
Perth Glory Football Club is looking to cut costs and by aligning themselves with a tertiary institution, they will achieve their objectives.
Mr Ballantyne says the Glory will not have much of an impact on Curtin soccer club, stating that it “will be fairly minimal.”
“I think there’s some work to be done at university facilities before the Glory move there especially if they want to train on campus.
“The surfaces have recently been re-done at the oval but they are not to standards of professional footballing.”
However, Mr Ballantyne says the move “will result in some money being invested in facilities” which will benefit both the clubs.
Hockey WA CEO Kevin Knapp says measures can be taken in order to satisfy Perth Glory’s requirements.
Curtin soccer club will not look to align with Glory but Mr Ballantyne believes his club could benefit from marketing and probably share some training sessions with Perth Glory.
He also said that students could benefit from concession tickets.
The Glory will not look to recruit players from Curtin soccer club, according to the president.
“Perth Glory will get players from professional leagues around the world. They will look to pick the best players in the Western Australian state league.”
But despite Mr Ballantyne’s statement, CSC players will have an opportunity as the location will be convenient for Glory scouts to monitor them, especially if they share a couple of training sessions.
The proposed move will most likely encourage students to take up the sport and join the club. This will be beneficial to the club and may as well unearth some talent.
Despite discussions being informal, Mr Knapp says Glory is serious about its proposed move to a tertiary institution and Curtin is capable of accommodating the club.