Western United’s push into regional Victoria is supercharging the A-League for fans and players, says one former Melbourne Victory striker.
It will be the precursor for four A-League games that Western United have committed to play in Ballarat in the upcoming season.
Clearly this is an area that has a strong football presence and pleasingly, the local council is investing in the game for the benefit of the local community.
The City of Ballarat has invested in the local league infrastructure allowing more pitches to be sustainable in winter and also allow clubs to train in the evenings with new lighting.
“We are very fortunate in terms of facilities, as we have one of the best boutique football stadiums outside of the A-League and access to two artificial pitches in the same precinct,” said Robinson.
“Football is growing rapidly and we need to make sure we prepare ourselves to support the demand.
“Grassroots to professional, the passion from both male and female players in the region to play the game, is one that will continue to flourish in a supportive environment.
"Football has its challenges in the Australian landscape, whether your regional or metro. It all depends on what you want to focus on."
Robinson, a former Brisbane Roar youth coach, now has a pro diploma coaching certificate and has enrolled in a Masters Degree in Sports Directorship in Manchester.
He’s looking to make a long-term commitment to football in country Victoria.
Though for Victory fans Robinson will always be known for his stunning last-gasp goal at a packed Marvel Stadium that helped the side into the 2007 Grand Final
"When people ask the question about the Victory goal, it's nice to share the memories that it brought,” he said.
“I think the goal was a memory that will allow me to tell the young players to continue to dream.
“I had played that scenario in the streets from a young age and even celebrated like it too.
"That's the reason we play.”