Hockey turf to ben­e­fit com­mu­nity

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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

such

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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.

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