Dear Members, Over the past 11 years, your club and in particular, our coaches and players have utilised training and administration facilities of other sporting codes and businesses.
During the club's 2015/16 pre-season, our Head Coach, John Aloisi and I faced a major challenge where our Hyundai A-League team literally had no place to train. This has been well documented throughout forums and media.
Our AFC Champions League Principal Partner, Griffith University extended the use of their facilities to accommodate our team. This is something the club will always remember and be thankful for.
Our players and coaches had to adapt quickly to the new environment during a very uncertain period. Griffith University are a fantastic partner, one which we want to grow and develop over the years to come.
A short-term goal for the club was to continue to look for relationships that would facilitate our club's future training and administration needs.
One of the biggest challenges our growing club faces is more access to quality training fields. As many of you would know and appreciate, quality training fields like Griffith University's Nathan and Mt Gravatt facilities are few and far between.
Today, we are proud to announce a new relationship with Logan City Council that will see the development of a new training facility with dedicated pitches for the sole use of the club at the Logan Metro Sports Precinct at Heritage Park.
This is the first time the club has ever had a multi-million dollar investment committed to providing such infrastructure.
Furthermore, the club will work with Logan City Council to design and shape the facilities to accommodate our growing needs.
The facilities will include a dedicated pitch for our Hyundai A-League squad designed to emulate our home ground dimensions at our "Fortress" Suncorp Stadium.
Along with dedicated changing rooms, function and meeting rooms, there will be provision to expand on surrounding land and add administration facilities which will go a long way to advancing the club.
Importantly, John and the coaching staff have played a significant part in this process and the final decision. The critical fact is we must continue to provide quality facilities for our players and support staff.
Having the master rights over this facility is another step forward to strengthening our club's position. This is also a first, and important as we work to establish our academy system.
The key factor in identifying, developing and nurturing our future players is having access to facilities and infrastructure.
This is by no means a small task however having relationships with partners such as Griffith University and access to their world-class facilities and the development of this new Logan facility will make the club an even more desirable place to attract Queensland’s and Australia’s football talent.
Finally, on behalf of Head Coach John Aloisi, Club Captain Matt McKay (pictured above with, from left, City of Logan's Cr Russell Lutton, Hyundai A-League boss Damien de Bohun and Roar CEO David Pourre) and the entire club, we sincerely would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for your support.
We understand our members and fans are vocal and passionate through good times and challenging times.
As a club, we will always maintain a positive and forward-looking attitude and mindset no matter the circumstances.
We look forward to seeing all our members and fans at our home - Suncorp Stadium - on Friday night, 4 March, as we battle Western Sydney Wanderers (7pm kick off).