The project, made possible by an investment of more than $101 million from the Victorian Government, is developing the Home of the Matildas (Australia’s women's national soccer team) and providing a world-class training base for Football Australia to train its national women’s squads.
It will also provide a home for Football Victoria to base its administration and run high performance training, development and recovery activities. It will include a show pitch with a grandstand, and four additional pitches.
The project will develop a base and facilities for Rugby Victoria as well. The State Rugby Centre of Excellence will provide training, development and recovery facilities for high performance players, and match day facilities for the Melbourne Rebels Super W (women's) team. It will include three rugby pitches and a grandstand.
La Trobe University’s students will also benefit from the partnership with the two sporting codes, by having access to many of the facilities, student placements and research studies.
This will provide a huge boost to the university’s standing as a leading provider of higher education in sport, attracting students and funding for research.
Grassroots community sports club are also winners, with extensive access to most facilities for training and development programs a key priority of the project.
The Home of the Matildas was officially opened on 3 July 2023. The site was used by the Matildas as part their preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023, and hosted Jamaica during the tournament.