Ricoh Sports Centre, Fraser Park
Due to open by the end of 2018, this recreational centre at Fraser Park will become a regionally significant precinct for sport, recreation and community activities, benefitting the local community and bringing social and economic benefits to Lower Hutt.
The new multi-sport facility will include six squash courts, indoor training space, administration offices, meeting facilities, changing rooms, a café and viewing decks.
Fraser Park Sportsville Inc. has been established by these founding clubs and organisations:
What is Sportsville?
Throughout New Zealand, clubs are struggling with a lack of funding, decreasing membership and fewer volunteers and the cost of running clubs and managing buildings is becoming increasingly difficult. This collaborative initiative allows sporting groups to join together to develop new shared facilities with centralised management.
Sportsville provides a strong concept to help protect and foster clubs through partnerships. It aims 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 sharing resources.
Three incorporated societies have been established in Lower Hutt: Fraser Park Sportsville, Wainuiomata Sportsville, and Petone Sportsville. The focus is on collaboration. Each club within each Sportsville will still retain its history and identity, but now operate within a strong and supportive network.
In the pipeline
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 $4.55 million has been budgeted for Wainuiomata for work from 2018-2020 and $3.67 million for Petone from 2023-2025.
Outcomes to date
Sports clubs are a vital part of a vigorous and healthy community, and we’re committed to making our clubs collectively stronger through the Sportsville model.
Since the launch of the project in September 2009, we’re already seeing many positive outcomes, including:
- three incorporated societies have been established as new entities to represent and support founding members.
- sports clubs are already looking at better ways of sharing their facilities.
- an ambitious building project at Fraser Park is due to open in December 2018.
- Wainuiomata and Petone are completing feasibility studies and planning work to determine the needs of their communities.
For more information see www.fpsportsville.org.nz or contact Fraser Park operations manager Dave Hibberd: 04 560 0339 or 022 183 2705.