North Group’s CEO Luke Simmons and Geoff Provest hold up the plans for the club.
North Group’s CEO Luke Simmons and Geoff Provest hold up the plans for the club. Blainey Woodham

Seagulls move back to Piggabeen

THE Tweed Heads Seagulls’ move back to the Piggabeen Sports Complex has come with the promise of upgraded facilities.

The club has gone back to the future with a new off-field game plan set to make it a powerhouse in Gold Coast and Queensland rugby league.

It will return to the GCRL competition with A-grade and under-18 teams for the first time since the combined Group 18 competition was disbanded. The Queensland Cup and under-21 teams will remain in the state league.

The senior rugby league club plans to build a community clubhouse at the Piggabeen complex and executive officer Terry Keen said it would benefit all the clubs using the fields.

“We want to make it friendly for everyone – it is a community clubhouse, we are just going to spearhead the building,” Mr Keen said.

The club has played from Ned Byrne Field at Cudgen in recent years, but Keen said the time was perfect to return to the Piggabeen grounds.

“One of the reasons we want to come back to the Gold Coast is because over the past four, five or six years we haven’t had a presence here,” he said.

“We are a 102-year-old club and the Gold Coast is our spiritual home. We need to have a presence on the coast.

“We are going to give our supporters, sponsors and members something to be proud of.”

The club has secured $85,000 from the State Government to complete stage one of the project.

“This has taken a lot of work and Geoff Provest, the local member, has bent over backwards to help us get this funding.”



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