Coplick Family Sports Park was officially opened last week, marking a significant milestone for the club and all stakeholders involved in the renovation of the Tallebudgera facility.

The opening of ‘Coplicks’ was celebrated by hundreds of community members including Gold Coast United families and junior players, who will benefit from the facilities for years to come.

Hundreds turned out for the official unveiling of the new facilities in Tallebudgera.
Photo: Luke Ireland

Mayor Tom Tate was among the dignitaries on hand to mark the occasion with the unveiling of a plaque, and he hopes the ground will be a huge boost for the southern Gold Coast community and Gold Coast United.

“This opening is wonderful for the southern part of our city with Coplick Park now double the size,” said Mr Tate.

“This area was once renowned to be flood-prone and the fields would be out of commission, but today we see how well the grounds will be used.

“Now we can move forward and we will see these young kids using it being the future sport champions of our city.”

Mayor Tom Tate was on hand to deliver a speech and open the new grounds.
Picture: Luke Ireland

The $11 million-dollar redevelopment includes an expansion to the playing fields, better field drainage, change-room construction and much more.

While United have called Coplicks home since January and throughout their recent 2019 NPL Queensland Campaign, the official launch of their home-ground and strong support of the community signifies how far the club has come in such a short time.

In just a matter of a few years, the resurrected club has grown into one of the the strongest clubs in the State with over 300 players, a wealth of dedicated volunteers and now a fantastic place to ‘officially’ call home.

Gold Coast United’s new clubhouse. Picture: Luke Ireland

While United will certainly benefit greatly from the ground redevelopment, the broader grassroots community and public will also reap the benefits of the investment in the facilities at Tallebudgera.

Along with football (soccer), other sports including baseball & softball will also call ‘Coplicks’ home.

Sports Gold Coast (SGC) Chairman Geoff Smith believes that it is this type of investment in grassroots sport that will see the Gold Coast sporting climate prosper in years to come.

“SGC’s vision is one of growing our sporting culture from the grassroots up, and ensuring that we have the strongest possible foundation at a community level to give our juniors and Gold Coast teams the best chance to thrive,” said Mr Smith

“Having facilities like this available to our kids and community sporting groups is of upmost importance to growing the game at all levels.

“This is a great step in the right direction for the Southern Gold Coast and Gold Coast United, and these facilities will hopefully see more juniors getting involved in sport and contributing to our city’s sports culture.”

L to R: Geoff Smith (SGC Chair), Eric Pearcy (Westfund Health Insurance), Cr Gail O’Neil (Division 14), Debby Lo-Dean (SGC), Garry Nucifora (Bond University), Meaghan Scanlon MP (Member for Gaven)

Stay tuned to our Sports Gold Coast social pages and website for info on when you can get down to check out the new ground in action at GCU home games or other events!