Hockey turf to benefit community
The completion of the hockey turf at Matamata College will be both a benefit to current school students and the wider community.
The turf was visited by the Waikato Hockey Association late last month and between the college and Matamata Intermediate, will be used every second week to host home games instead of players having to travel to Hamilton to compete every week.
College principal Alan Munro said the school would also now be able to hire the turf out to community groups. Because it has now doubled in size, the turf will be better able to accommo- date groups hockey.
The turf now comprises eight tennis courts and six netball courts and can also be used as a full hockey turf. The turf is a sand-based surface installed by
junior Auckland company Tiger Turf.
Munro said the second instalment had come at a cost of about $300,000. The school received grants from the New Zealand Community Trust, the Lion Foundation and Trust Waikato. The School Board of Trustees and College Sports Club also made substantial contributions.
Munro said great support from local company J Swap Contracting had been key to completing the project.