Bankstown Sports Club, year in review
2017 has been an outstanding year here at Bankstown Sports with some exciting new additions to the club, numerous awards and major events.
In January we celebrated Lunar New Year and we announced that UFC GYMS had signed on as a tenant of the new Flinders Centre office tower and would be occupying part of the first floor.
February saw popular TV and radio personality Ben Fordham broadcast his afternoon show on 2GB, live from the Rainforest Lounge. He also hosted a progressive lunch around the club for some lucky competition winners.
In March, construction began on the Flinders Centre, and we announced an early learning school would be the second tenant to lease space in the 9-storey office tower.
The club also supported the Academic and Sporting Scholarship program at Bankstown Girls High School, through ClubGRANTS, and we introduced Family Fun Days at The Acres Club.
In April, world champion axeman David Foster brought his incredible woodchopping show to Bankstown Sports for the Easter Long Weekend, we hosted TUSK DAY in Basement Brewhouse and we held our annual Mixed Bowls ANZAC DAY fundraising event for Legacy at Bankstown Sports Bowls Club.
In May, Bankstown Sports supported Craft for a Cause, to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis NSW, and we released two limited edition State of Origin burgers in the Brewhouse to support sick kids in hospital.
In June, La Piazza celebrated 10 years at Bankstown Sports. The club formed partnerships with Uber and ParcelPoint, we supported Council in the 2017 CEO Sleepout, and we hosted the annual Go West Gala Dinner in The Grand Ballroom.
July was a big month for the club; we welcomed the world’s best whisky to Bankstown Sports, with Sullivans Cove French Oak Single Malt Whisky available for a limited time at Atrium Bar and the Brewhouse.
We won two awards in Project Sydney’s Best of Sydney food awards with Greenfield Station Bistro taking out Best Club Food overall for 2017, and La Piazza winning Best Pizza in the southwest region.
Bankstown Sports placed second in the Chef’s Table and the Chef’s Hat culinary competitions, and young chef Cameron Murdon was named Apprentice of the Year.
We took part in ClubsNSW Do Something Day initiative, Baulkham Hills Sports Club hosted its annual Sports Person of the Year Awards, and Bankstown City Aged Care unveiled it’s new sensory garden for dementia patients, which Bankstown Sports funded through ClubGRANTS.
In August, Bankstown Sports hosted the 2017 ClubGRANTS Presentation event in the Grand Ballroom, and Baulkham Hills Sports Club and its nine associated sporting clubs were recognised for their contribution to the local community, in the Hills Shire Locals for Locals Awards.
In September, we kicked off Oktoberfest celebrations and in October, Bankstown Sports was recognised for its contribution to grassroots sporting clubs at the 2017 Clubs & Community Awards. We unveiled plans to host food truck events at The Acres Club, we hosted Ben Fordham’s Free Movie Day in The Theatre for 2GB, and we held our prestigious Service to Sport Medal and Awards night.
In November, we opened Cornerstone Coffee & Kitchen, our new café offering inside the club, we hosted the first ever Platform Zero E-Sports event and gave away $10,000 in cash and prizes, and we got involved in Canterbury-Bankstown Council’s White Ribbon Day Tug O’ War event.
And in December, we celebrated the end of construction for the Flinders Centre with a special Topping Out ceremony, Monkey Mania turned 6, and we partnered with UberEats to offer members and guests our delicious food delivered right to their home or office.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our members and guests for their ongoing support this year, and we look forward to another successful and prosperous year in 2018.