The home ground of Williamstown Football Club will now be known as ‘Downer Oval’ after the announcement that the club has signed a new multi-year venue naming rights partnership with local manufacturer Downer.
Downer employs more than 53,000 people across more than 300 sites, primarily in Australia and New Zealand. One of its current projects is producing the Victorian Government’s High Capacity Metro Trains with nearly 300 staff at Newport.
Williamstown Board of Directors, led by President Michael Howlett, together with Senior Coaches Andy Collins and Amy Catterall, several players and staff, and a number of the Club’s major corporate partners, were all in attendance to witness the announcement.
Number 1 Female Ticket Holder and the member for Williamstown, Melissa Horne, was also present, along with AFL State League Executive Tristan Salter, to celebrate the partnership between the Club and Downer.
Downer Group Head of Customer Partnerships, Michael Miller, said the partnership represented an example of Downer’s ongoing commitment to supporting the success of the communities in which it operates.
“We are committed to creating lasting value for society. We do this through employment and investment in local communities in addition to long-term, collaborative relationships with our partners, suppliers and community organisations,” he said.
“Downer is looking forward to its long partnership with the Club, its use of the stunning facilities at the ground, and even greater involvement with the community.”
Williamstown Football Club CEO Jason Reddick described the new partnership with Downer as a ‘fantastic result’, noting the company’s large, well-respected and publicly listed presence including locally in Hobsons Bay.
“The Downer management are very engaged with us in exploring a great number of opportunities for our two organisations to work together, which is really exciting,” he said.
“This long-term partnership also helps our club continue to deliver on our facility upgrades and community programs, that will provide benefits for both our members and local community for years to come.”