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A history of supporting the community

Trudy and Nick at ACH Group stadium in Glenelg

ACH Group Stadium has a long history as a hub of sporting and community life in the Glenelg district.

Formerly Gliderol Stadium, the ground is now known as ACH Group Stadium following a naming rights agreement announced on 1 November 2018.

It is home to the Glenelg Football Club (the Tigers), inaugurated in 1921, as well as the Glenelg District Cricket Club (the Seahorses), established in 1907, and today hosts SANFL and South Australian Grade Cricket League games.

Located on Brighton Road, Glenelg East, the ground also hosts local school matches and events, with Glenelg Primary School located at the southern end of the ground.

ACH Group Stadium has a capacity of 15,000 and boasts one main grandstand on the western wing, the Edward Rix Stand. Its HY Sparkes Stand was replaced in 2017 with a family-friendly grassed mound.

The Glenelg Football Club offices are located in the upstairs of the Edward Rix Stand along with the President’s Function Room and ACH Group’s Health Studio 50+. The Glenelg Club venue is located downstairs.

The ground’s record attendance was set on 20 July 1968 when 17,171 saw Sturt defeat Glenelg by one point, 13.13 (91) to 13.12 (90).

Glenelg Football Club has been home to some of South Australia’s best known players, including DK ‘Fred’ Phillis, Graham Cornes, Peter Carey, Peter Marker and John McFarlane.

In 2013, ACH Group Stadium hosted a Sheffield Shield match while the Adelaide Oval was being completed, along with a Sheffield Shield final between South Australia and Victoria.

The Glenelg District Cricket Club fields senior, junior and women’s cricket teams.

ACH Group Acting Chief Executive Officer Trudy Sutton said the partnership was a natural extension of the relationship between the two organisations following the opening of ACH Group’s Health Studio 50+ at the site in February.

“We share many common values, including recognising the importance of an active lifestyle, a sense of community and regular social connection to our overall health,” Ms Sutton said. “We are pleased to partner with another valued community organisation as we continue our mission to support people to live well as they age.”

The Health Studio 50+ is pioneering health and wellbeing for older South Australians by bringing together allied health professionals, exercise and wellness groups in a purpose-built facility.

Alongside traditional clinic-based services such as physio, massage and podiatry, Studio customers have access to exercise groups including yoga, mindfulness, fitness, rehabilitation and balance.

The Studio uses world-leading Finnish designed HUR exercise equipment, developed specifically for rehabilitation that uses air pressure to mimic natural movement.

Find out more about ACH Group’s Health Studio 50+ here.