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Woodward Action Sports Centre Heads to Hills

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”67173″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Bev Jordan[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A world class indoor facility catering for skateboarding, BMX, scooter, snowboarding, skiing, aerial awareness, rock climbing and bouldering is heading to Castle Hill.

American company Woodward, a global leader in action sports experiences, has just announced it is expanding overseas to Australia and will be building its first international facility adjacent to Castle Towers.

It will feature a state-of-the-art design and offer a range of programs catering to all ages and ability levels from beginners to Olympians.

Developed with support from the NSW Government, Woodward Sydney will have purpose-built premises over three levels with a building footprint of 3,650m.

The NSW Government has provided $1.8 million towards the project through a grant from the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund. The Development application is currently going through council.

Originally founded in 1970 in Pennsylvania, Woodward has grown to be the global leader in action sports progression with multiple destinations across the US. To date, 48 Olympic medals have been won by former Woodward athletes and guest pros as well as 125 medals in other professional contests.

Woodward President Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson said: “Woodward Sydney will be our most innovative concept to date – and a model for future Urban Centres.”

Woodward Sydney will have a variety of zones including climbing and bouldering walls, a skatepark, pump track, mini ramps, mega ramp, foam pits, spring floor, trampolines and a gym. It will also have a café, bar and event space overlooking all the action.

David Russell, Managing Director of Woodward Australia said: “The project will deliver significant social and economic benefits to the area – providing a new space for active recreation and a hub for the local community, while attracting visitors from Greater Sydney, interstate and internationally. “

Castle Hill MP Ray Williams said: “Ensuring our community has sporting infrastructure that meets its needs is a priority of mine,” Mr Williams said. “Woodward Sydney will provide a purpose-built facility for a range of sports not currently catered for in the region. Not only that, this project will also stimulate the region’s economy through increased jobs and spending at local small businesses.”

Matthew James, QIC Investment General Manager said the company was “building a transformative town centre” at Castle Towers. “The addition of Woodward’s world-leading action sports facility speaks directly to that aspiration. The fact that Woodward has selected Castle Towers for their first destination outside of the US validates our long-term vision for the region and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with them on this endeavour.”

It is hoped Woodward Sydney will open at the end of 2024.

There will be casual access passes, memberships, individual classes, multiweek programs, school PE programs, school holiday camps, birthday parties, events and competitions. Experiences and programming will also focus on the increased participation and empowerment of females in action sports.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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