Brookvale upgrade a step closer with $20m government funding pledge

Manly’s spiritual home at Brookvale will undergo a major refurbishment after the NSW government committed $20 million towards a new centre of excellence.

The injection will go a long way towards funding the $36.1m project, with the Sea Eagles and the federal government covering the rest.

New look: The proposal for an updated Brookvale Oval would incorportae a centre of excellence.

“The support of the NSW Government has been integral to this project occurring and cementing our long-term commitment to Lottoland which I know will excite our members, fans and partners at all levels,’’ said Sea Eagles CEO Lyall Gorman.

“This is the major stepping stone to ensuring that our elite aspiring athletes, male and female and our community at large, have the best possible facilities to allow them to maximise their potential, for many years to come.

“We are both excited and delighted that our centre of excellence, which has been on the drawing board for many years, will now be brought to life.”

The centre of excellence will be part of a 3000-seat stand on the northern end of the ground.

“This is fantastic news for all who love their rugby league on the peninsula and who want to see opportunities for our young players to aspire to be part of a centre of excellence here on the Northern Beaches,” said Member for Manly James Griffin.

NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said centres of excellence are a key part of the state’s sports infrastructure plan.

“The Sea Eagles centre of excellence will ensure the club stays close to its traditional community and rugby league remains strong on the Northern Beaches,” Ayres said.

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