The massive upgrade and revitalisation of Hensley Field took another big step on Saturday August 14 when we saw the local Little Athletics and the young players from Pagewood Soccer take to the playing fields for the first time. The young athletes showed their skills and then performed a march past as the curtain raiser to the first football match on the new soccer pitch.
In partnership with the Australian Government, a new multi-sport, multi-user facility has been created giving new life – and a new future – to the Hensley Athletics Field, perhaps our most important sporting facility since it was established in the mid 1960’s. The new facility will continue to be the home of the more than 550 members of Randwick-Botany Little Athletics as well as the venue for numerous school athletics carnivals. In addition, the new synthetic football pitch in the centre of the field will be able to host soccer (as we saw on Saturday), rugby league and rugby union.
The “new” Hensley meets just about all the international sporting conditions and is already being looked at as part of Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup. We’ve still got to finish of the last coat on the running track and set up the lanes – unfortunately wet weather has held us back. The athletics part of the venue, with new facilities for competitors and spectators, will be ready for the beginning of the athletics season next month. In the meantime, the great time all the young athletes had last Saturday more than showed what a success it is, and will be.