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Sportsville already paying dividends as clubs work together

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

NAENAE HOCKEY CLUB is already enjoying closer collaboration with other clubs driven by the Fraser Park Sportsville redevelopment announced last month.

Sportsville is a collaboration of sports clubs using Fraser Park.

Over the next seven years the clubhouse and grounds are being renovated, with hockey’s new astroturf being laid first, more car parks, and more changing rooms in the clubhouse.

Craig McWilliam, manager at Naenae hockey, says the upgrade means it will be a modern facility that members can appreciate.

“It’s a good opportunity for the clubs to be aware of each other and work together,” he says

The founding clubs are Naenae Hockey, Avalon Rugby Football club, Hutt Valley Dodgers, Lower Hutt City AFC, Fraser Park Squash, Taita District Cricket Club, Softball Hutt Valley and the Foundation for the National Hockey Stadium.

“We’ve started working closer with Fraser Park Squash,” Mr McWilliams says

“We have had eight of our members join the squash team, and since the clubrooms are so close together they can go from hockey practice straight to a squash game.”

The hockey club has already benefited from the multi-use Sportsville concept, with Avalon rugby now using their clubrooms, so they get more income from their bar.

He says before the hockey club had trouble providing a good service at its clubhouse because it did not have the budget to employ full-time people.

Mr McWilliam says now that more people are using the clubhouse, they can provide a higher level of service.

They are also benefitting through the placement of the pitches.

He says before the club started using astroturf pitches they had a grass field outside their clubhouse.

When the pitch started to deteriorate they moved to the astroturf, which is quite removed from the clubhouse.

Mr McWilliams said the flow between the clubhouse and the pitches would be good now that the pitches are outside the clubhouse again.

The new astroturf is due to be laid within the next 18 months to two years, renovations to the clubhouse start in 2015 and renovations to the grounds in 2017.

Plans for the upgrade can be viewed here.


Caption: Part of the Fraser Park grounds to be redeveloped, with Avalon Studios in the Background.

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