What's this project about?
The Sportsville project was launched in September 2009 to create a number of sports ‘villages’ or communities, making it easier for sports clubs to:
- Attract new members
- Offer new programmes
- Control operational costs by pooling resources
Three Sportsvilles are already established in Petone, Fraser Park and Wainuiomata with another hub in Eastbourne being considered.
The focus is on collaboration, not amalgamation. Each club still retains its history and identity, now within a strong and supportive network.
Why do we need Sportsville?
The cost of running clubs and managing buildings is constantly increasing. Clubs throughout New Zealand are struggling with a lack of funding, decreasing membership and fewer volunteers. Sportsville provides us with a strong concept to help us protect and foster our clubs through sports partnerships.
Council debated Sportsville projects for Wainuiomata and Petone at the meeting to ratify the 2017/2018 Proposed Annual Plan. Budgets of $300,000 have been approved for the 2017/18 year to allow further progression of design and business case analysis for each site.
Almost $4.5 million has been budgeted for Wainuiomata for work from 2018-2020 and $7.1 million for Petone from 2023-2025.
Our Sportsville partners
Sportsville is a collaboration between:
- Hutt City Council
- SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand). Now Sport NZ
- Sport Wellington
It’s also supported by:
Our Sportsville hubs
We currently have three hubs in Lower Hutt - Fraser Park, Petone and Wainuiomata.
Fraser Park Sportsville
Fraser Park was the first Sportsville hub set up as part of this project. It’s made up of eight founding clubs and associations:
Fraser Park Sportsville Incorporated has been established by the founding clubs. A board of directors is leading the new entity and a strategy document has been adopted.
Stage one of the Fraser Park Sportsville project includes an artificial football/rugby turf with floodlights and a major upgrade of the softball diamonds, and is complete.
Stage two is the construction of a multi-purpose, recreational hub including six squash courts, indoor training space, admin offices and meeting facilities, eight changing rooms, a café and viewing decks. This stage is under construction. Completion of the project is expected in spring 2018.
When completed, Fraser Park Sportsville will be a regionally and nationally significant precinct for sport, recreation and other community activities.
Information on Fraser Park Sportsville and their plans can be found at www.fpsportsville.org.nz or by contacting the General Manager of Fraser Park Sportsville Trudy Englebretsen on email@example.com or on 04 560 0340.
Petone Sportsville, the second hub set up as part of this process, consists of:
The Petone hub encompasses sports that are based at Petone Recreation Ground and North Park. ‘Petone Sportsville Incorporated’ was formerly adopted and established by the founding clubs in 2011 and a strategic plan established. The object of the society is to provide “sport for life”, encouraging greater participation in sport and recreation within the Petone community.
The third and most recent Sportsville partnership is in Wainuiomata and this hub is made up of seven member clubs:
- Wainuiomata Bowls Club
- Wainuiomata Rugby Club
- Wainuiomata Croquet Club
- Wainuiomata Football Club
- Wainuiomata Softball Club
- Wainuiomata Rugby League Club
- Wainuiomata Cricket Club
Wainuiomata Sportsville is also an incorporated society and has an established strategic plan. The mission of Wainuiomata Sportsville is to facilitate sustainable, successful and accessible sports services for all.
Outcomes for the community
Sports clubs are a vital part of a vigorous and healthy community, and we’re committed to making our clubs collectively stronger through Sportsville.
Since the launch of the project in September 2009, we’re already seeing many positive outcomes, including:
- Three new incorporated societies have been established as new entities to represent and support founding members.
- Sports clubs are looking at better ways of sharing their facilities.
- Fraser Park is embarking on an ambitious building project that will provide a regional amenity for sport participation.
- Wainuiomata and Petone are completing feasibility studies and planning work to determine the needs of their communities.
We expect to see many more positive outcomes as the hubs develop.
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