Ahrens kicks goals with first-of-its-kind AFL play centre

AFL may be one of Australia’s favourite pastimes but it is soon to become a favourite activity among many South Aussie kids with the construction of an AFL-themed play centre.

AFL MAX is the brainchild of former Crows and Geelong player, James Podsiadly, where kids and fans can engage with AFL in a hands-on experience.

“That’s what my passion is, getting people connected and using Australia’s best sports to do so,” he said.

The 5,000m2 indoor sporting facility will feature multiple zones including a kicking zone, a bump zone, and a tackle and testing zone, which could be used for draft camp testing, as well as a trampoline zone and climb zone.

Other key features will include a cafe on one side, which will have a grandstand feel so parents and supervisors can watch their children and students while relaxing and a 28m2 television screen to watch live football.

It will also be available for groups and functions, such as casual sessions, birthday parties, school groups, development academies or football clubs.

Construction is currently underway on the $7 million-dollar project on the corner of Sir Donald Bradman Drive and Tapleys Hill Road, near Adelaide Airport.

Ahrens was a natural choice for the design and construction of this project, given our proven experience in delivering high quality play centres.

The exciting venture has also seen the likes of Thomas Foods International chief executive and prominent SA businessman, Darren Thomas, get behind the project.

Ahrens has collaborated with Jedi Leisure to fit out the facility with the necessary sports and play equipment, as well as virtual reality games.

This innovative Design & Construct project is due to kick-off for public use in April this year – just in time for the start of the AFL season.