Panthers Rugby League Academy
Date: 04 Apr 2016
Boasting expansive education facilities, team rooms, a fully-equipped gym and state-of-the-art AV rooms, the Panthers Rugby League Academy is a premium training and development environment for both senior and junior players.
The Panthers Rugby League Academy was officially opened on the 30th March 2016, with a short ceremony attended by the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia.
Mr Turnbull toured the Academy with Panthers Chairman David O’Neill and Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM, before being joined by Panthers icon John Farragher OAM to formally open the facility.
Fully funded by the Panthers Group, the Academy is a $22 million state-of-the-art facility located behind Panthers Leagues Club in Penrith. It will now become the fulltime training and development facility for the Panthers senior and junior squads, along with housing Panthers rugby league administration.
The Academy consists of two full-size all-weather training fields, two gymnasiums, hot and cold plunge pools, a 61-seat team auditorium, medical rooms and a number of recreational areas for players and staff.
“We believe the Panthers Rugby League Academy is now the best of its kind for any sporting organisation in this country,” Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.
The Academy building spans approximately 3,400 square metres and the overall site approximately 40,000 square metres. Construction commenced in June 2015 and the predominantly local labour force of up to 100 people per day completed the project earlier this month – some three months ahead of schedule.
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