For years to come, football players will remember an outstanding player, coach and referee, Graham Coe, with the Cookbundoon pavilion named in his honor.
Work is almost complete on the new Graham Coe Pavilion named in honor of Mr. Coe’s strong contribution to the sport and education of the Southern Tablelands Football Association.
STFA Director of Football Craig Norris said Mr. Coe was a life member of the association and a dedicated volunteer who was passionate about the game and its players.
Mr. Coe was instrumental in the construction of the original Goodhew Park building for the local football community in the late 1970s.
At just 32, he died of heart failure while coaching in an Under-12 Mid-Season Cup Finals game in July 1982, and the Goodhew Park building was dedicated to his memory on the big last day of this season.
“In the 90s, we moved to our new larger site and moved the commemorative plaque there to keep it with his footballing family,” Norris said.
“And when the new building was built on the Cookbundoon sports grounds, we lobbied the council to be dedicated to it.
“It’s great to be able to recognize and honor the people who contributed to the game, and it’s a real honor for the older members who knew it and for the members of the Under-12 team at the time. . “
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Due to be completed this month, the the new pavilion will include six changing rooms, a reception hall, a canteen, official changing rooms, a amenities, pantry, office and veranda.
Mr Norris said the association is delighted to be able to use the new facility once the game resumes after the lockdown.
“The addition of changing rooms and especially for our girls is huge for the sport and will be a game changer,” he said.
“The participation of women in soccer in our region is on the rise with almost a third of all our the participants are now women, which is fantastic.
The mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree, Bob Kirk, hopes to be able to officially open the pavilion soon.
“Football is perhaps the biggest sport in our region based on the number of players, and this upgrade to providing essential facilities such as changing rooms for our players was late, ”he said.
“It would be great to see the facilities in use in 2021, so I hope STFA will be able to complete their final series as planned.”
Hume MP Angus Taylor said this is a significant investment in the community of Goulburn.
“Seeing facilities like this delivered is another big win for the local community, and I can’t wait to enjoy a game at Cookbundoon when the local sport picks up,” Taylor said.
A total of $ 572,884 for the project was secured under the Federal Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, with Goulburn Mulwaree Council also contributing $ 500,000.