Quake-damaged courts to get $436,500 upgrade

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 18/12/2012

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Netball courts in Christchurch and Lincoln will receive a near half-million-dollar spruce-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 has received $360,000 which will fund repairs to six courts following on the work it has already done on other damaged playing surfaces at the Hagley courts. 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 runoff space and more room for the umpires and spectators. "From Future Ferns up to senior grades," 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 has received $76,500 to repair six courts 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.

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