Sports cen­tre col­lab­o­ra­tion

Central Leader - - SPORT - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

A new Auck­land fa­cil­ity is set to be ‘‘the Sil­i­con Val­ley of sport’’.

Sport Cen­tral of­fi­cially opened its doors on June 9, bring­ing Sport New Zealand, Triathlon New Zealand, Hockey New Zealand, Ak­tive and Col­lege Sport Auck­land all un­der the same roof.

Ak­tive chief ex­ec­u­tive Sarah San­d­ley likens the Mt Eden com­plex to Sil­i­con Val­ley, home of the world’s largest high-tech cor­po­ra­tions.

‘‘We are very con­fi­dent, even at this early stage, that we are ac­tu­ally help­ing each other to be more ef­fec­tive, more ef­fi­cient,’’ she says.

The open­ing of the cen­tre has come af­ter 18 months of plan­ning and ne­go­ti­a­tions led by Sport New Zealand.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion will al­low knowl­edge in the high per­for­mance sport sec­tor to fil­ter down to the the grass­roots level.

Sport and Recre­ation min­is­ter Jonathan Cole­man says the cen­tre is go­ing to be a sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ment.

‘‘There’s real po­ten­tial there to use some of that role mod­el­ling from some of our finest ath­letes, not only to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of ath­letes but also to in­spire young peo­ple to get more ac­tive,’’ he says

‘‘This part­ner­ship here ... is go­ing to be re­ally im­por­tant as we look for Sport New Zealand to roll out their com­mu­nity strat­egy and to re­ally con­tinue to drive those lev­els of par­tic­i­pa­tion.’’

About $25 mil­lion has been spent de­vel­op­ing Auck­land’s sport­ing in­fra­struc­ture over the past three years.

The $200,000 Sport Cen­tral devel­op­ment was es­tab­lished to al­low ma­jor sport­ing bod­ies to share in­for­ma­tion and also save on un­nec­es­sary costs in the fu­ture.

San­d­ley says the or­gan­i­sa­tions have al­ready saved $150,000 a year in costs by shar­ing ser­vices.

‘‘In an in­dus­try which from the out­side is de­fined by com­pe­ti­tion, we know the value of col­lab­o­ra­tion,’’ she says.

Sport New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Miskim­min says the cen­tre is a step to­ward mak­ing New Zealand the most suc­cess­ful sport­ing na­tion in the world.

‘‘To do that we have to build a world-beat­ing sports sys­tem,’’ he says.

‘‘If we’re go­ing to do that we have to start here.’’

Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Hockey New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Mal­colm Har­ris, Sport New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Miskim­min, Sport and Recre­ation min­is­ter Jonathan Cole­man, Col­lege Sport Auck­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Cur­rie and Ak­tive chief ex­ec­u­tive Sarah San­d­ley of­fi­cially open Sport Cen­tral.

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