New hockey turf for Northland

Last updated 05:00 23/07/2013
Hockey Northland
GREEN LIGHT: Hockey Northland chief executive Grant McLeod and board chairman Bill Shepherd are looking forward to the third hockey turf being built behind them at Kensington Park.

Relevant offers

Whangarei Leader

Eel's the model of good behaviour Legal high hands tied Lawnmower race keeps crisis at bay Misspelt name goes back a long way Fruit farmers troubled by latest arrival Movie goes to school March against trade agreement When the chips are down Bank St sealing job expected to take two months Kumara and Peanut Soup

Work on a new hockey turf could start as soon as September, giving space for what is arguably Whangarei's fastest-growing sport.

Hockey Northland is delighted with the confirmed site and $1 million funding from the Whangarei District Council, board chairman Bill Shepherd says.

An ASB grant and $200,000 from Hockey Northland reserves means the tender process can start and base work can start in late September.

The turf will be ready for use at the end of January and will provide the equivalent of 11 grass grounds.

This will take pressure off organisers who struggle to offer turf time for practices and games, and the growing number of players, Hockey Northland chief executive Grant McLeod says.

"Scheduling has been a nightmare this season.

"We had two new men's teams and four new women's teams this season so finding time to schedule everyone has meant we've not been able to promote the sport to younger players in the district because we really couldn't accommodate them," he says.

"Our participation manager has been working primarily outside Whangarei district.

"That is great for the sport but we need the turf so we can continue to develop a quality player-base for the region while also providing for increased demand," Mr McLeod says.

Tiger Turf will provide the surface, which is a revolutionary water-efficient system.

Mr Shepherd says the surface is the best he's come across - and he's played on more than his fair share throughout his 50-year hockey career.

"The third turf will boost our ability to host national and international competitions like the Four Nations and under-21 tournaments that were held here earlier this year," he says.

"We'd like to get the national masters tournament in Northland - over 1000 people attend the masters and the tournament has the potential to generate more than $1m for the region."

Further funding will be needed to pay for lighting and dug-outs, which Mr Shepherd says is expected to be raised by the end of the year.

Ad Feedback

- © Fairfax NZ News

Special offers
Opinion poll

Are our classrooms becoming overcrowded?



Don't Care

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content