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Oct 22, 2014   |  1:26AM AET

Glory Targets Future Training Base

Glory Targets Future Training Base

Perth Glory FC is excited to announce a new alliance with the City of Joondalup, aimed at establishing a dedicated high performance training and administration centre at Percy Doyle Reserve in Duncraig.

After voting in favour to enter into formal discussions at last night’s October council meeting, the City of Joondalup and Perth Glory FC will now develop a Memorandum Of Understanding to explore the potential for Percy Doyle Reserve to become the club’s future base.

Perth Glory FC does not have a central headquarters to accommodate its National Premier League, National Youth, A-League and W-League teams; currently all teams train and play at various locations across Perth.

Perth Glory FC and the City of Joondalup have identified Percy Doyle as a site which could accommodate a Glory High Performance Centre as part of a redeveloped southern portion of the reserve, separate from the Sorrento Football Club.

Perth Glory Chief Executive Jason Brewer said the partnership would create the platform for the club to accelerate its investment in youth development and football strategy.

“We believe this is an excellent opportunity to establish a training base for all our junior and National Youth, National Premier and A-League and W-League teams to be based in one central location”.

“We also envisage it to be an opportunity to establish our administration offices and all the club’s related business activities in the City of Joondalup”.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said he was looking forward to the City and Perth Glory FC working together to meet agreed objectives for both organisations.

“There is a strong football culture within the City of Joondalup and the north metropolitan region of Perth as a whole, the location is ideal – only 20 minutes from the Perth CBD and 15 minutes from the Joondalup City Centre – and it is also close to public transport services.”

“There are also significant benefits for the City to be the home training base of one of Western Australia’s premier sporting organisations” he said.

Football West Chief Executive Peter Hugg also applauded the move.

“Any investment in football facilities by a local government authority is fantastic news and can only do the game good”.

Mr Brewer said the training centre could create a football hotbed to better serve the state’s most talented players.

“The MOU would allow us to develop Percy Doyle Reserve into Western Australia’s most advanced and progressive elite football training base for the club and for the broader footbnall community”.