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About Us

The History


Valentine Sports Park, the sporting and administrative headquarters of Football NSW, stands as a monument to Charles James Valentine’s vision, tenacity and brilliant financial management.
The NSW Soccer Federation (now Football NSW) will be forever indebted to Charles Valentine for his vision and financial acumen during his 16 years service as NSW Soccer Federation Treasurer.
During his term in office Charles kept a tight control of the Federation’s finances and built up the funds mainly through the gate money received by matches played in NSW by Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool and Celtic.
He convinced the Directors to invest the funds in land for a Headquarters for Soccer.
He arranged the purchase of land at Parklea that was owned by his family at below market value and then bought surrounding land as it became available until a total of 26 acres was owned.
With assistance from Norbrik and the NSW Engineers Association, Field Days were arranged by Charles to develop the soccer fields and a dam at no cost to the Federation.
Charles successfully applied for grants from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation with which he built a close co-operation with the Minister Michael Cleary and the Department. With their financial assistance he planned and supervised the building of the administration block in 1981.
A few years later in 1985 NSW Premier Neville Wran gave a grant of one million dollars to enable the accommodation block to be built thus the headquarters was complete.
In 2002, the administration building opened, named the Charles Valentine Building. NSW Amateur Soccer Federation and NSW Soccer Federation merge (unification). Soccer NSW is born. In 2007, Members agree to change name from Soccer NSW to Football NSW.

Construction of Valentine Sports Park


September 2013

Valentine Sports Park before the re-development begins. Five full-sized grass fields, with two small grandstands facing Fields 1 and 2. Indoor Sports Hall, Accommodation Block and Office Building housing Football NSW.


February 2014

Grandstands removed and groundworks prepared for new Office/Grandstand/Amenities building between Fields 1 and 2. Refurbishment of Accommodation Block, and foundations for extension of Indoor Sports Hall well underway.


June 2014

Lower level of new Office/Grandstand/Amenities building taking shape. Extension of Indoor Sports Hall nearing completion, including international-size Futsal court. New café with outdoor seating area complete. Refurbishment of Accommodation Block finished.


July 2014

Next Level of Office/Grandstand/Amenities building under construction. Groundworks for first Synthetic Field (Field 3) well underway, while competition continues on grass Field 1.


November 2014

New Office/Grandstand/Amenities building watertight and ready for internal fit out. First Synthetic Field nearing completion, groundworks for second Synthetic Field (Field 2) underway, and Premier Grass Field (Field 1) stripped and ready for new surface.


May 2015

Development of the Home of Football complete, with new Office/Grandstand/Amenities Block, 2x Synthetic Fields, 3x Grass Fields, refurbished Accommodation Block, new Futsal Court, Valentine Café and refurbished office block.

What people say about us

Thank you very much for organising it all so quickly. I would like to say how the organisation, accommodation and meals were all fantastic and comments from all who attended were very positive. It is the perfect location and facilities for us, with one of our bases at Blacktown. We are keen to book in some other camps for next year.
Gavan TwiningCricket NSW
Our visit to the VSP in July 2015 to host the M Sports Cup fulfilled our expectations. We took over 140 people to stay at the facility for a week and can genuinely say all our customers were delighted with the experience. The FNSW team have been extremely helpful throughout and we look forward to hosting the event in 2016 at VSP.
Malcolm McPhersonAMsportstours NZAUS
Thank you for the recent invite for Country NSW to compete at the FFA Nationals. All the players enjoyed the experience and with 3 out of 5 teams making the semi finals. Hopefully Football NSW were happy with their performance. I would like to thank Andrew Fearnley for his support in getting Futsal up and running. Both our 12 girls and 13 boys who made the semis were predominantly Western NSW and with greater input from the Southern and Riverina coordinators our results could have been better. I would also thank Oscar for his input with our 12 girls at Dural. They were excited that someone of his stature would interact with them. I would also like to thank the cleaning staff at VSP. I had 6 boys stay there. I did try and keep rooms tidy however I failed. The ladies all had a smile on their face – I don’t know how.
Ian JonesFutsal Championships
On behalf of Handball Queensland, thanks for the great experience over the weekend. Our U18 and 21 teams stayed there and played there in the Handball Nationals. You looked after us well and nothing was ever a problem. Many thanks to David, Kate and Gail. Thanks to the team in the Cafe. They were wonderful; nothing was ever too much trouble for them. Saturday night was great, plenty of compliments about the quality of the food. And finally, thank you for the great weekend. The Qld teams all enjoyed themselves. The units were clean and comfortable and the rec rooms were well used (a big hit really!!). Well done. We look forward to coming back again.
David GardnerQueensland Handball