Ar­ti­fi­cial turfs for sub­urbs

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

City coun­cil­lors say Welling­ton’s north­ern sub­urbs will not miss out on ar­ti­fi­cial sports pitches, al­though there are not likely to be any built in the area be­fore next win­ter.

Welling­ton City Coun­cil has de­cided to in­stall a new, full-sized ar­ti­fi­cial pitch at Is­land Bay’s Wake­field Park, along with the up­grade of drainage and a new sand-based turf at Kil­birnie Park.

Dur­ing the past two months, how­ever, the coun­cil and Team Welling­ton boss John Dow have been in dis­cus­sion with north­ern ward sports clubs about po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions for an ar­ti­fi­cial pitch.

On Septem­ber 28, Kapi-Mana News re­ported on Cap­i­tal Foot­ball board mem­ber Justin Lester’s quest for a turf at Alex Moore Park in John­sonville and ei­ther Red­wood ( Tawa) or Gre­nada North.

Councillor John Mor­ri­son ac­knowl­edged they were ‘‘ very con­scious of get­ting into the north­ern sub­urbs as soon as pos­si­ble’’ and dis­cus­sions were un­der way with Tawa AFC.

He con­firmed $500,000 in pri­vate fund­ing had been raised to help fast- track the Wake­field Park turf, and a sec­ond would be con­structed at that site if a fur­ther $ 500,000 in ex­ter­nal fund­ing is se­cured.

A Cap­i­tal Foot­ball re­port to WCC noted that up to 38 per cent of games were can­celled in some leagues due to bad weather this win­ter, and train­ing ses­sions were con­sis­tently called off.

Ex­ac­er­bat­ing the is­sue, de­mand for play­ing sur­faces is high.

Be­tween 2007 and 2010, ju­nior foot­ball teams in Welling­ton jumped from 299 to 395, while se­nior teams in­creased from 142 to 166.

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