NEW Norfolk’s junior footballers can look forward to playing with increased safety when they return to Tynwald Park following last week’s flooding. While the ground is presently out of bounds, the New Norfolk Junior Football Club has received the donation of custom-made protective padding for the goal posts.
NNJFC registrar Justin Benson said new goal posts had recently been installed but these were unable to be used without protective padding for the young players. He thanked property developer Noble Ventures for coming to the party. “We wish to convey our heartfelt thanks for the investment and support shown by Noble Ventures in supporting our small community club,” Mr Benson said.
“Not only does the padding allow for play to continue, but it also gives a big sense of club pride on game days with the club’s colours, club logo and sponsors’ logo proudly on display in a custom design,” he said. “It’s an exciting time down at Tynwald Park with facility upgrades under way for us and the New Norfolk Red Caps Cricket Club, which has done extraordinary work to gain funding for additional changing room space allowing males and females safe and comfortable access to sports.”
Noble Ventures Director Daniel Noble said he was pleased to sponsor the purchase of the padding. “Clubs like the NNJFC are the soul of this community and provide immense pride and opportunities for its locals through improving wellbeing and community opportunities,” Mr Noble said.
Noble Ventures is the business behind the continuing development of the Gateway Estate, now known as The Mills, and proposed investments on the adjoining former Royal Derwent Hospital site. “At the forefront of our values has always been to showcase the unique and exciting future of New Norfolk. It is the ideal place to live and grow a family, which is seen especially through these sporting clubs who share the values of family and friendship,” Mr Noble said.
Mr Benson said it was believed this was the first time Tynwald Park had received brand-new football goal posts. “In the early 1980s life members Peter Birchall and David Banks over saw the relocation of goal posts from the Royal Derwent Hospital oval to Tynwald,” he said. “These lasted until the mid 1990s when the goal posts were upgraded with hand-me-down goal posts from the New Norfolk High School and we are led to believe current STJFL executive officer Tony Gibson was very much involved in the sourcing and installation of these.”
The new goal posts are on a slightly new alignment and can be taken down by council staff during cricket season to enable the Tynwald oval to be used as a dedicated cricket ground over summer.