New multipurpose scoreboard a step closer to reality after funding announcement

FUNDING: A grade coach Kane Cuthbertson (left), club president Mark Verco, Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP, treasurer Dale Beck and reserves coach Nick Hampel.
FUNDING: A grade coach Kane Cuthbertson (left), club president Mark Verco, Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP, treasurer Dale Beck and reserves coach Nick Hampel.

Bordertown Football Club are one step closer to installing an exciting new electronic scoreboard, after receiving government funding.

This week, Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP announced that the football was successful in getting $15,000 of funding through the latest round of the Morrison Government's 'Stronger Communities Programme'.

Under the funding program, the club will use the recently acquired funds to replace the existing scoreboard with a new electronic version.

Mr Pasin said the 'Stronger Communities Programme' was aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits as part of the government's continuing commitment to strengthen communities across Australia.

"Investment in local projects under the 'Stronger Communities Programme' is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success," Mr Pasin said.

"A new electronic scoreboard will do more than just keep football scores it will add flexibility for other users of the ground and ultimately benefit the whole community."

Many KNTFL football clubs have moved away from traditional manual scoreboards, preferring new and improved electronic versions.

Although the funding won't cover the entire cost of the new scoreboard, the club will continue to assess its options, as they look for a design that is both multipurpose and cost effective.

Club treasurer Dale Beck said talks are continuing to progress, with the club is favouring a 4m x 3m design which has additional "bells and whistles".

The overall cost of the scoreboard is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be in the tens-of-thousands, with a number of undecided factors possibly increasing or decreasing the overall cost.

The football club is excited about the potential benefits the scoreboard could bring to not just the football club, but the wider Bordertown community.

"We believe if we just want a scoreboard, similar to the one that Mundulla just put in, we could probably get something like that and spend half the amount of money," Mr Beck said.

Mr Beck believes the scoreboard could be used for an array of different activities, including playing movies, live television and displaying information during events such as the Bordertown Spring Festival & Show.

In 2017, the football club hosted an SANFL game, and the club hopes with a brand new electronic scoreboard it could bring more SANFL to the South East.

"A couple of years ago we had an SANFL game between Glenelg and the Crows, and one of their stipulations was that they had an electronic scoreboard - we would love to host another SANFL game if that opportunity comes up," Mr Beck said.

With the welcomed announcement of significant funding, the club will be confident in completing the exciting project in the near future.

No time-frame has been placed on the project, with the football club likely to explore all options available to bring a high quality electronic scoreboard to Bordertown.