Col­lege backs sports com­plex

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - LAWRENCE GULLERY

A hockey turf de­vel­oped at Mata­mata Col­lege is prov­ing true the old adage, build it and they will come.

The col­lege de­vel­oped a half turf about seven years ago and last year built another half, with flood lights so it could in­crease use.

Prin­ci­pal Alan Munro said dur­ing the hockey sea­son the fa­cil­ity is used from morn­ing right through to game time, 5pm to 9pm, most week nights.

‘‘Each night we would have school teams, club teams us­ing it, and about two teams from out of the town as well. And then after their games they’ll go into town and spend money, which is good for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’’

Munro is hop­ing the same ben­e­fit could be gen­er­ated from use of an in­door sports com­plex, as pro­posed by Mata­mata Fu­tures.

He said the col­lege was ‘‘100 per cent’’ be­hind the pro­posal.

‘‘There was an op­por­tu­nity about four years ago where we tried to get a [sim­i­lar] project up and run­ning be­tween the coun­cil, school and lo­cal com­mu­nity but it fell over.

‘‘So a fa­cil­ity of this cal­i­bre is much needed and would be well used by our kids.’’

Munro said there is no other fa­cil­ity in town which can host in­ter­na­tional stan­dard bas­ket­ball or vol­ley­ball, two sports pop­u­lar at the col­lege and in the com­mu­nity.

He said the col­lege gym’s ceil­ing was not high enough and the walls at Headon Sta­dium, Pohlen Park, were too close to­gether.

‘‘Our gym is ok, but it’s just a nor­mal school gym and we can’t run a bas­ket­ball league there.

‘‘Even though the vol­ley­ball fa­cil­i­ties we’ve got are good, the fact is they’re not good enough for the stan­dard of play­ers we have.’’

Munro said the in­ter­est in vol­ley­ball had been driven by a staff mem­ber who was par­tic­u­larly keen on the sport. The pro­gramme nor­mally pro­duced a na­tional player from the col­lege ev­ery sec­ond year.

The col­lege had showed in­ter­est for the pro­posed in­door sport com­plex to be based on school grounds but Munro said that wasn’t likely now.

The four pro­posed sites in­cluded Bed­ford Park, Pohlen Park, Swap Park and Mata­mata Do­main.

Munro said an in­door sports com­plex would be an ‘‘amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity’’ for Mata­mata. His staff had been in­volved in con­tribut­ing their ideas and thoughts on the plan to a feed­back doc­u­ment pro­duced by con­sul­tants, the Gi­b­lin Group, ear­lier this year.

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