Minchinbury Jets to find first home with ground at Federation Forest Reserve

New Home: Minchinbury Jets juniors play on the club's new home ground at Federation Forest which the club hope to use by early next season. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

New Home: Minchinbury Jets juniors play on the club's new home ground at Federation Forest which the club hope to use by early next season. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

The Minchinbury Jets will move into the club’s first permanent home next year with a new ground being built at Federation Forest.

A ground to call home has been the dream for the club since it was founded in 1995.

Former club president and current club patron Ray Sloss has been with the club since day one.

He said it has been a community effort to get the Jets to where they are today.

 “We have quite a large component of males and females in the club,” he said.

“Doing so on a very low budget, we’ve actually had great success with four premierships this season and something like 70 or 80 throughout the years.

“The people here have built the club up so well and doing so, nearly every other club in the district will use us as an example.”

Without a leagues club supporting the club, Mr Sloss said the club has been built through “$1 raffle tickets”.

The Jets committee singled out the assistance of Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali, who has helped the dream of a stable home become a reality.

Mr Sloss said it would help the Jets retain players and continue to keep the junior base strong.

“It’s been 23 years that we haven’t had our own field and been moved around but now we have a home,” he said.

“We can even go further and have more kids and children in the area come and play.”

Community club: The Minchinbury Jets are eager to get onto the new ground at Federation Forest Reserve. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Community club: The Minchinbury Jets are eager to get onto the new ground at Federation Forest Reserve. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

The Minchinbury Jets currently have 600 people playing for the club from under-6s to A-Grade with 37 teams at the club.

Committee member Barry Jones said despite so many players playing for the Jets, everyone is important, no matter the age or division 

“Our dream was to have a stronger side and a weaker side so every kid could can play,” Mr Jones said.

The Minchinbury Jets were also awarded the highest award in the Penrith District Rugby League, winning the first division club championship for 2017.

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