Macarthur Magic Special Needs FC to improve the playability of Nugget Beames Reserve


The NSW Government’s Football Legacy Fund has awarded $125,000 to Macarthur Football Association club, Macarthur Magic Special Needs FC, to upgrade their home ground Nugget Beames Reserve.

Camden Council is set to support the project’s endeavours by co-contributing over $127,000 to ensure the completion of the project. This project aims to install better drainage systems, reinstate irrigation, and re-establish playing surface levels.  

The Macarthur Magic Special Needs FC players participate in a weekly soccer-based program in an inclusive and less competitive environment. It aims to see substantial growth in size after the completion of this project.

Football NSW Manager Government Relations, Funding and Infrastructure, Daniel Ristic said “currently, 62% of fields in the Camden LGA do not have drainage. After excessive rain during the 2022 season where many fields across the Macarthur area were closed, the inclusion of drainage will ensure the reduction of field closures in the future”. Through this, they hope to increase the playability of the facility for its club and the community following the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Along with the redevelopment of the reserve, Camden Council seeks to provide more formalised parking at the Reserve to assist with pressures on the surrounding roadways and residents close to the facility and also implement community fitness programs that will provide non-structured health and fitness benefits for the community.

“Macarthur Magic SNFC saw 26 girls join the club in 2022. As we approach the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Macarthur Magic SNFC has noticed a pique in the interest of female participants. The grant from the Football Legacy Fund will no doubt help the club accommodate for the uptake in numbers in the years to come,” says Salv Carmusciano, Macarthur Football Association General Manager. 

About the Legacy Fund Participation and Infrastructure Grants 

The NSW Government recently announced a $3.1 million investment into more than 100 grassroots football projects across the state to help improve facilities and run programs to boost player participation as part of the NSW Football Legacy Fund. 

The investment is intended to broaden female player options and increase participation opportunities, whilst enhancing football facilities and supporting infrastructure. This fund also aims to assist clubs in developing football programs at all levels through the construction or upgrading of community facilities, leadership, and development initiatives. 

As Australia prepares to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, strengthening the football community in NSW is key to matching the unprecedented level of interest in female football. The NSW Football Legacy Fund seeks to ensure it has the facilities and programming to match the buzz that the FIFA World Cup is generating for Australia’s next generation of future Matilda’s 

 More information about the NSW Football Legacy Fund is available here.