The first Hockey Victoria venue between the Calder and Hume freeways has opened in Craigieburn.

Hume Hockey Club recently took over the pavilion at the Hume Hockey and Lacrosse Centre at Newbury Park.

The pavilion features player and referee change rooms, a community room, canteen and kitchen.

It was built with the help of a $600,000 grant from the state government.

Hume Hockey Club president Hayden Whitten said the new pavilion would help the club build its membership base.

“Playing a winter sport, it’s important to have shelter and a warm place for our club members, families and spectators to meet and watch the game. We certainly missed this luxury last year,” he said.

“These new facilities put us on par with other hockey clubs around Victoria, and in some cases, ahead, given how new the field and rooms are. We hope this will help build the club’s membership base.”

Mr Whitten said the club would field four teams this year, after winning the men’s league in their inaugural season last year.

Yuroke MP Ros Spence said the new facilities put Hume in the box seat to host major competitions.

“Clubs like the Hume Hockey Club are the lifeblood of our community – and this new pavilion will give our local players more incentive to be the best they can be,” she said.