$40,000 lift for pavilion

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 28/02/2013

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The Star Cricket Club Pavilion at Mountainview High School is a step closer thanks to a $40,000 cash injection.

Star president Julian Blanchard said national grid operator Transpower had donated the lump sum which would see the project get off the ground, while the polytechnic would provide the labour as part of their trades programme.

However, a polytech spokesperson said nothing had been confirmed with them and while they were open to working on the project, minor discussions only had been had regarding their possible involvement.

Further fundraising would be required with the project likely to cost close to $200,000. Blanchard hoped it would be completed sometime next year.

The Star Cricket Club moved its base from Ashbury Park to Mountainview High School in 2010 and the pavilion had always been on the to-do list.

Blanchard said the Christchurch earthquakes and the Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre had made finding funds difficult but believed they were now on the right track.

He said he wanted the community to use it for any kind of gathering, not just sport.

"It's not just a cricket pavilion or a sports pavilion," Blanchard said. "We're really pushing for everyone to use it for any event."

Mountainview High School principal Derek Friend said the pavilion was needed.

"We have excellent sports fields and cricket pitches that receive high praise but, at the moment it is a bit barren when you play on them, so this should give people somewhere to congregate."

Both Blanchard and Friend said their organisations had benefited greatly from their working relationship, with students now having good pathways into a sports club, while Star had a young talent pool to pick players from. Several former Mountainview High School pupils now play senior cricket for them. Friend said the school would run a Work Day on April 19 to raise more funds.

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