New rugby centre
The Hohepa (Harry) Jacob Community Rugby Centre has been officially opened in Levin this week.
The new building at Playford Park, was opened in front of Jacob’s wha¯ nau alongside Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) Board of Directors and Rugby Committee. The building is dedicated to Hohepa (Harry) Jacob’s contribution to rugby in Horowhenua Ka¯ piti.
The centre will be used as a development centre off-field, with a meeting space for coaches, players, referees, personal and professional development opportunities.
“It’s a great honour and privilege for our wha¯ nau that you’ve bestowed the name of Hohepa (Harry) Jacob on this new whare for the Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Union,” Arama Moore, great-grandson of Hohepa (Harry) Jacob said.
“This is a very special year for the Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Football Union as it’s our 125th Year,” Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Rugby Union CEO Corey Kennett said.
“Today is a very special occasion to honour a great man and a great rugby player.”
The new centre is the first building the Rugby Union has been involved in since construction of the grandstand at the Levin Domain in 1961.