Official opening

Vision: Scorpions Soccer Club president John Hughes said the clubhouse is hopeful of an expansion, with plans to extend the roof and build a concrete area. Photo: Rob Douglas.
Vision: Scorpions Soccer Club president John Hughes said the clubhouse is hopeful of an expansion, with plans to extend the roof and build a concrete area. Photo: Rob Douglas.

The Gloucester Scorpions Soccer Club will officially open their clubhouse on grand final day, August 26.

The opening was slated to take place on July 22 but the new date will allow more people to enjoy the occasion. 

The club is already in the process of expanding the site with a development approval (DA) in the process for a concrete slab and an extension of the roof of the clubhouse.

The canteen has proved popular for players on game day.

The canteen has proved popular for players on game day.

Club president John Hughes said the site could not have been developed without the help of the Gloucester community.

"They've all put in and we've had tremendous help from locals which has us in the position now where we can extend,” he said.

"We're really happy with what has happened, we have a terrific working environment and help from council.”

Grand finals will be played on the day across all divisions with presentations to be held afterwards, with the clubhouse to be the focal point.

The day will conclude with the opening of the clubhouse.

"We started over 40 years ago with one team of 10-year-olds,’’ John recalled. 

The meeting room has been utilised by organisations outside of the club.

The meeting room has been utilised by organisations outside of the club.

"We've been all over town but this is our home now. We finally have a permanent base and that’s going to make it much easier for us.

"We started the code here 40 years ago as a team that played in Taree.

“Then the amalgamation with Hastings made the competition a lot bigger,’’ he said.

John is hopeful more Gloucester based teams will feature in the competition. 

An under 14s Gloucester Scorpions team feature in the Football Mid North Coast competition.

The same group of players took out the minor premiership in the under 13s competition last year. 

John is pleased though with the current progress of the club on the field. 

"Football Mid North Coast is now our next step up,’’ he explained.

Football Mid North Coast takes in clubs from South West Rocks to Gloucester.

"I've fostered the fact that we are not a win at all costs club,’’ John added.

"Our children enjoy their sport and that's what sport should be and soccer just gives everyone a taste if they want to go further

"It's a labour of love, I enjoy doing it so I think we are getting there,” John said.