Smoking ban imposed on FMG Stadium

Rugby fans will have to leave their nicotine habit at home next time they cheer on the Manawatu Turbos at their home ground.

A partnership between the MidCentral District Health Board and the Manawatu Rugby Union will see the green rugby team sporting a smokefree message.

Part of the partnership will see the FMG Stadium grounds go smokefree.

Arena Manawatu venues manager David Walsh said while the stadium had long been a smokefree environment, now the whole site would be.

"We have agreed we would encourage people not to smoke, they will be asked to leave," he said. "It's in line with the council's move to have smokefree parks."

The health board is also negotiating a youth mentoring programme, which would see Turbos players provide mentoring and training sessions alongside Waiopehu College, Youth One Stop Shop (YOSS) and Life to the Max in Levin. MidCentral Health general manager of planning and support, Mike Grant, said support from the Turbos would make a significant impression.

"The players are great role models for youth, and are seen to lead healthy and active lifestyles.". Their encouragement...provides us with a unique pathway to connect with the youth in our region." The contract will be for one year initially.

Manawatu Standard