Foot­ball clubs count­ing the cost

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

There are 17 foot­ball grounds with al­most 70 fields in the Auck­land isth­mus – charged at more than $600 for se­nior use each year.

Eastern Sub­urbs AFC chair­man Chris Ruf­fell says he was only made aware of the bound­ary is­sue this month.

‘‘I was cer­tainly never aware it was ap­pli­ca­ble to the for­mer Auck­land City Coun­cil area only.

‘‘It makes me feel poorer. Money we spend on this is money we can’t spend on the kids and devel­op­ment.’’

Three Kings United gen­eral manager Steven Reid is also fed up.

‘‘It’s a daily fight with coun­cil to do even the ba­sic things, like light bulbs and flood­lights. We have to do [main­te­nance] our­selves and we don’t get com­pen­sated.’’

To make mat­ters worse Auck­land Foot­ball wasn’t sent bills in 2012 and 2013. Many clubs are now be­ing hit with two bills.

Auck­land Coun­cil lo­cal and sports parks cen­tral manager Jane Aickin says this was down to an ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror.

‘‘AFF [and all codes] have been made aware of the fees and charges on an an­nual ba­sis [at pre-sea­son al­lo­ca­tion meet­ings].

‘‘Other than the 2013 er­ror they have al­ways been charged for their bookings, as have other re­gional sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions us­ing cen­tral fields for adult com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Aickin says.

Foot­ball is the one ma­jor code where clubs are charged separately, where other or­gan­i­sa­tions share the costs across the com­pe­ti­tion.

Auck­land Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Manase says this is be­cause the club land­scape can be dif­fer­ent be­tween each sport

‘‘If the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues then we would look to re­view how the costs of the ground charges are met. But we would favour con­sis­tency across the boards and for no charges to be in place at all,’’ Manase says.

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