About Marion Sporting & Community Club
Background and History
The Sturt Recreation Ground Trust, now known as the Marion Sports and Community Club (MSCC), was formed in 1908 with a financial contribution by local people and established businesses. The cost to buy the land was one hundred and fifty pounds and the Club's first minutes record a list of the cash donors including 2 pounds pledged by Harris Scarfe & Co.
The Club was formed to provide sporting and community facilities to encourage participation in sport. Within three years of declaring the Club feasible Marion residents built a pavilion. Unfortunately that original pavilion has been 'rearranged by age and fire' over the years and was demolished in 2009.
In 1916 the Committee seriously considered 'winding up' the Club as most of the 'young' men were away fighting in World War 1 and there were insufficient men left at home to make the Club viable. However the Committee persevered and today we continue their work of providing sporting and community facilities.
The objects stated in the constitution of the Marion sports and Community Club are:
- To develop and maintain, recreational and community facilities and amenities;
- To promote, recreational and community sporting activity on the ovals
To achieve those stated objects the Committee have taken on the responsibility to develop the Marion Sports and Community Club as a regional centre of community and sporting excellence.
Geographically the Marion Sports and Community Club is well situated in the south western suburbs and is a stones throw from the Marion Shopping Centre and the State Aquatics Centre and is part of the City of Marion's Regional Sporting Precinct.
In 1908 the Club was home to football but now in 2012 the Club hosts:
|Football||Croquet||Marlin Masters Swimming Club|
|Basketball||Lawn bowls||Atlantis Masters Swimming Club|
|Trotting||Men's Soccer||Marion Swimming Club|
|Women's Soccer||Over 60's Cricket|
As well as increasing the sports played the growth of the community facility has been awesome. The Club boasts modern well equipped community function rooms and meeting rooms, five bars, dining room , TAB, Lotteries and 40 gaming machines.
During this last year the Club hosted 100's of private & Club functions as diverse as 26 car boot sale Markets to an annual outdoor Rock n Roll Club charity show. The year also saw the fourth running of the $5000 Marion Australia Day Gift.
The significant highlight of the 2011/2012 year was the commissioning of the consultants to prepare a Master Plan for the future Strategic Direction of the Marion Sports and Community Club well into the mid 2000's.