Net­ballers seek money for work on old courts

Upper Hutt Leader - - CLASSIFIED - AMYMCEWEN

Here­taunga Col­lege’s grotty old net­ball courts are set for a makeover.

The Up­per Hutt Ju­nior Net­ball Club is look­ing to raise $40,000 to have the seven col­lege courts re­sealed.

More than 600 chil­dren play on the courts each week­end dur­ing the net­ball sea­son. Up­per Hutt City Coun­cil has pledged to pay for half the to­tal cost of re­seal­ing, an es­ti­mated $120,000.

The club is the big­gest user of the net­ball courts.

Life mem­ber Suz­zanne Driscoll said the col­lege has been gen­er­ous in mak­ing the courts avail­able and the club did not ex­pect it to help fi­nan­cially.

The club was hop­ing to raise the funds by Jan­uary so they could start the re­seal­ing work dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Driscoll said the dam­age to the courts had been grad­ual but main­te­nance was now badly needed. There had not been any main­te­nance over the last 15 years.

‘‘Some of the courts need at­ten- tion sooner rather than later, so we told the col­lege we would re­seal them.’’

The club has man­aged to save $20,000 and has had no fund­ing from the coun­cil in the 34 years it’s been run­ning.

Lo­cal busi­ness have been ap­proached for sup­port as the club looks to in­crease its fundrais­ing ef­forts.

They are hold­ing a gold coin day for peo­ple want­ing to watch the net­ball on Au­gust 19, and have a movie night planned at Miro Cinema.

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