Major repairs for Canterbury netball courts

Netball courts in Christchurch and Lincoln will receive a nearly half a million dollar tune up. 

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal has granted the Selwyn Netball Centre (SNC) and Christchurch Netball Centre (CNC) a combined $436,500 to repair and upgrade courts damaged in last February's earthquake and subsequent shakes.

The CNC have received $360,000 which will fund repairs to six courts following on the work it has already done on a number of other damaged playing surfaces.

Because of land damage caused by the earthquakes, the land directly below the courts needs to be dug up, strengthened then new asphalt laid.

A new surface will be laid thanks to $37,500 received from Mainland Foundation. 

CNC board chairwoman Chris Rodda said all 6000 CNC players would benefit from the new courts which also have an increased run-off space and more room for the umpires and spectators.

Future Ferns up to senior grades would benefit from the upgrade, she said.

''These players will enjoy playing on the upgraded surface which will be easier on their legs; on courts that are flat and even.

''We've come a long way since the first six hard courts were laid in Hagley Park in 1945.''

Nine of Selwyn Netball Centre's courts sustained earthquake damage.

The SNC have received $76,500 to repair six courts of them while general wear and tear work will be undertaken on the other three.

SNC Executive member Lyn Miles said the nearly 1700 players from 18 clubs would be delighted to have their courts back up to standard.

''The earthquakes meant some major cracks with an uneven playing surface were far from ideal playing conditions,'' she said.

''With the shift in population to western areas, this will accommodate the numbers that we foresee living in the Selwyn District area in the near future.''

Jane Huria, chair of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust's Advisory Board, said the grant would help players develop.

 ''Canterbury has a proud tradition of producing top netball players and the intention of this grant is to support players across all levels of the sport,'' she said.

The Press