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'Casey Fields AFLW Upgrades'

City of Casey, Victoria 

Lead Architects: NH Architecture + RWA 

Design Architects: Ralph Wheeler and Rick Chen


The Casey Fields Australian Rules Football venue is part of a 70 Hectare multi-sports complex in the City of Casey at Cranbourne East, a south-eastern

suburb of Melbourne. The venue is the home of the Melbourne Football Club’s AFLW team as well as its affiliated VFL team the Casey Demons.  For this project RWA teamed up with NH Architecture to undertake a significant refurbishment of the existing Clubhouse to upgrade team changerooms, umpire changerooms and spectator facilities to AFL minimum standards.  Perhaps the most significant part of the project is the new purpose built Strength and Conditioning and Indoor Training Facility.  This striking new addition will be used by AFL and AFLW players as well as external users and students from the local Chisolm College. 

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‘St Kilda Football Club Elite Training Facility Masterplan’

Moorabbin, Victoria 

Lead Architect: RWA Sports Architecture 

Project Architects: Ralph Wheeler and Rick Chen


This masterplanning study for the future expansion to the St Kilda Football Club TAF aims to create a ‘centre of excellence’ for women’s football as well as introducing significant new community assets. The masterplan will provide schools, sporting and community groups with greater access to the facility through the addition of an indoor lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, classroom spaces, a second indoor netball/basketball court and a sports medicine and well-being centre. With facilities purpose built to cater for a St Kilda AFL Women’s team and capacity to host 10,000 spectators, the masterplan importantly allows the facility to attract AFLW and AFL pre-season matches. These outcomes will complete the aspirational pathway for female footballers, combining all levels of the game from Auskick to the elite level.


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‘University of Wollongong Sports Precinct Masterplan’

Wollongong, New South Wales 

Lead Architect: RWA Sports Architecture 

Project Architects: Ralph Wheeler and Damian Goode


This masterplan document outlines the forward vision for a 10 year staged development of the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) sports precinct and includes a number of new facilities to address the ongoing operational requirements of the university and its associated stakeholders. The primary objective of the masterplan is to ensure all future development maintains the university’s reputation of providing state-of-the-art sports facilities for students and visitors. The masterplan proposes upgrades to various existing sports facilities used for cricket, hockey, basketball, netball, swimming and tennis. Importantly, the masterplan also recommends the preferred location for a new NRL Training and Administration Facility (TAF) for the St George Illawarra Dragons.


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‘Home of the Matildas’

Darebin, Victoria 

Lead Architect: RWA Sports Architecture 

Project Architects: Ralph Wheeler and Rick Chen


The design intent for this feasibility study was to create an architectural statement that reflects the national ambitions of the national womens football team, whilst having the flexibility to become a significant local community asset throughout the year. Interestingly, the project brief was conceived in two separate, but complimentary halves. On one hand there is a requirement to deliver a world-class training and administration facilities able to support and cultivate our current elite female players and coaches, while on the other hand there is an equally important set of requirements to provide new local junior and senior community football facilities. RWA’s completed design options were used for funding applications to both State and Federal government.