Prime Minister Julia Gillard has given an $8million grant to Football New South Wales for their new headquarters in Riverstone.
The Federal Labor party has backed the development in Sydney's northwest ahead of Saturday's election and The Hon. Anthony Albanese, Leader of the House; Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government said it was a great initiative occurring.
"This is a major infrastructure project with regional significance," Albanese said.
"The new Football Academy will support a pathway for youngsters here in Western Sydney and beyond.
"Sydney is the heartland of football in Australia.
"Six of our biggest Socceroo stars - Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill, Lucas Neill, Brett Emerton, Mark Schwarzer and Jason Culina - grew up playing on fields in Sydney. We hope our investment can continue that production line."