Following the Cronulla Sharks announcement to move home games to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium next year while the reconstruction of the current Sharks Leagues Club takes place, the NRL club has now announced plans to take over the running of Sporties @ Kareela Golf.
In a letter to the club’s members and fans, Sharks CEO, Richard Munro, confirmed Kareela Golf Club would become the venue for supporters to base themselves after previously announcing the board had elected to close the leagues club for 18 months from January.
The club will drop the Sporties branding, with Sharks @ Kareela Golf one potential name for the venue.
The plan is subject to a vote from Sharks, Sporties and Kareela Golf Club members, but if the amalgamation goes ahead early next year, the Sharks would take over running of the club itself as well as the golf club, making it a home for members and fans before reverting to the leagues club as their home upon its completion in 2022.
“We have been seeking expressions of interest from other clubs in the area to provide reciprocal arrangements for [our members and fans] while our club is closed,” Munro said.
“During those discussions, it became clear that the Sporties Group, which currently operates Kareela Golf Club, may be interested in entering an agreement for the Sharks [to] amalgamate with the club.
“This is a fantastic development and it means we will continue to have a home base where we can celebrate our team’s wins in 2020 and 2021.
“It also means we will have an asset which provides a revenue stream while our club is closed.
“Kareela Golf Club is only 10km away from Netstrata Jubilee Stadium at Kogarah where we will be playing our home games for the next two seasons.
“Make no mistake, if this proposal goes ahead we will turn Kareela into a genuine home club for Sharks supporters.
“We have come a long way in the last couple of months, we were facing two years without a home ground or club and now we have both.
“We are going to have one of the best leagues clubs in the NRL and we will have another asset at Kareela.
“A golf club which is currently cash flow positive to make our club even stronger.
“We are determined to secure the financial future of the Sharks and this proposal is the next step in achieving that goal.”
The agreement would also give Sharks members and fans the chance to take up golf memberships and use the Kareela venue’s other facilities.