The next generation of rugby league players joined more than 250 dignitaries, Flagstonians and the wider community to celebrate the much-anticipated opening of the Flagstone Tigers Clubhouse on Sunday 3 October.
Located at the heart of the Flagstone Sporting Precinct, the new $350,000 clubhouse is a collaboration between the Queensland Government, Eastern Suburbs Tigers Rugby League Football Club and Peet Limited.
Brian Torpy, CEO at Eastern Suburbs Tigers, said this new facility not only represents the success of the Flagstone Tigers inaugural season but will be a catalyst to grow the region’s sporting credentials.
“Since the Flagstone Tigers first home game in May, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Flagstonians gather to celebrate and nurture the skills of the next generation through a shared passion for rugby league,” he said.
“At the Eastern Suburbs Tigers, we are committed to providing local children wellbeing and social development opportunities through sport that not only improve health and fitness but teach lifelong skills.
The new clubhouse – featuring change rooms, toilets, a kiosk, and meeting rooms – will support activity being held on the Flagstone Sports Field and newly completed netball courts.
On behalf of the Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport, Charis Mullen MP, Queensland State Member for Jordan, said the Queensland Government is committed to providing opportunities for local communities through sport.
“With a direct path into the National Rugby League (NRL), the Flagstone Tigers are primed to rival their sister club, Logan Brothers, and foster the next generation of Queensland rugby league stars,” she said.
“Flagstone is a rapidly growing suburb, well on its way to becoming a satellite city. We expect more than 30,000 residents to call Flagstone home in the coming years, and a further 90,000 across the Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area.”
As an affiliate of the Eastern Suburbs Tigers, a feeder club for the National Rugby League, the Flagstone Tigers debuted its Under 6, 7, 8 and 9 teams for the 2021 competition and look to expand into older age groups for the 2022 season.
Brendan Gore, CEO and Managing Director at Peet Limited, said the expansion of the Flagstone Sporting Precinct represents the rapid development of one of South-East Queensland’s fastest growing corridors.
“Flagstone attracts more than 20 new families every month, thanks to our focus on community, family and an outdoor lifestyle,” he said.
“Peet’s long-term vision for Flagstone is becoming more of a reality every day and these new sporting facilities expand on our commitment to provide outstanding amenities to our residents and foster a strong community spirit.”
To celebrate the clubhouse opening with the wider community, Peet Limited transformed the Flagstone Sports Field into an outdoor entertainment space to broadcast the NRL Grand Final on a big screen under the stars.