Feasibility Study Confirmed

2009-04-22 01:54:27

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O’Byrne, today announced the successful consortium to undertake the feasibility study for Tasmania United Football Club to obtain an A-League licence.

Ms O’Byrne said that a consortium consisting of Stratcorp Consulting and Sporting Management Concepts had been selected.

"Tasmania is competing for an A-League licence as part the competition’s expansion," Ms O’Byrne said.

"Stratcorp Consulting and SMC have had considerable experience with this type of consulting work, having prepared the successful bid documentation for the Melbourne Heart A-League licence, as well as working extensively with AFL, NRL and other A-League clubs.

"They are also highly experienced in sports business planning and sport infrastructure development.

"The feasibility study will look at a wide range of issues including supporter base, potential stadium facilities and costs, administrative/training facilities, and potential revenue streams such as membership, gate revenue, sponsorship and merchandising."

The State Government will contribute $40,000 to the cost of finalising the feasibility study.

"If the study shows a Tasmanian A-League team is feasible then the State Government will give consideration to assisting with a fully developed business case," Ms O’Byrne said.

A-League taskforce chairman, John McGirr said he believed Tasmania was in the mix for inclusion, but the feasibility needed to be assessed first by an experienced and well-credentialed company.

"Having an A-League team would undoubtedly bring social and economic benefits to the state and would help grow the world game in Tasmania."

Mr McGirr said the Melbourne-based Stratcorp Consulting/SMC consortium would provide the completed feasibility study in around six weeks.