Swap Park up­grade

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

Swap Park is set to be­come the new home of the Mata­mata Swifts As­so­ci­a­tion Football Club.

Mata­mata Swifts pres­i­dent Dwayne Bar­low said the aim is to build a green­field, fit-for-pur­pose football fa­cil­ity at the park.

This will in­clude three full size football fields, a mod­ern club­house and off-road park­ing.

‘‘ We will build a community fa­cil­ity, pur­pose-built for a suc­cess­ful and grow­ing football club,’’ he said.

In the years 2011- 2012, $100,000 has been ear­marked for the project.

The fa­cil­ity will also be avail­able to be used by other suit­able community groups. Ex­am­ples of such groups would be the Mata- mata Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, Scouts and Guides and the BMX club.

Swap Park is cur­rently not for­mally used by any community group. It is des­ig­nated as a re­serve.

‘‘We aim to pro­vide a legacy fa­cil­ity for our whole community to en­joy,’’ he said.

Mata­mata Swifts and the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil have al­ready signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing.

The project will be man­aged on a stage-by-stage ba­sis.

‘‘Our aim is for the project to be­gin in 2012 with the start of the ground­work, which would in­clude the prepa­ra­tion of the fields for football, along with ba­sic car park­ing. We aim to be able to play foot- ball at Swap Park at the start of the 2013 sea­son,’’ Mr Bar­low said.

Clu­b­rooms and other ameni­ties, such as pitch lighting, an in­door train­ing area and an ar­ti­fi­cial play­ing sur­face, will fol­low as the bud­get al­lows.

‘‘We want to fu­ture-proof the sport of football in our community,’’ Mr Bar­low said.

‘‘Football in Mata­mata is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pos­i­tive lev­els of growth and suc­cess and needs more space and im­proved fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘Our vi­sion is that the Swap Park arena will be­come the best football fa­cil­ity in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty re­gions and a su­perb fa­cil­ity for a num­ber of other lo­cal community groups.’’

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