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Artist impression of the Ricoh Fraser Park Sportsville

Sportsvilles a game changer for Lower Hutt

Sport plays a big part in the lives of Lower Hutt residents, and our many sports clubs play a vital role in connecting our community and providing lots of ways for us to lead active, healthy lives.

Many traditional sports clubs are struggling though, because of decreasing memberships, fewer volunteers, and aging facilities.

That’s why Hutt City Council and the Hutt City Community Facilities Trust are investing in Sportsvilles – a concept that brings sports groups together to share facilities and collaborate to both retain their members and attract new ones.

Our first Sportsville facility will open for business in early 2019 at Fraser Park’s Ricoh Sports Centre. The multi-sport facility includes six squash courts, an indoor training space, administration offices, meeting rooms, changing rooms and a café. It’ll be a real game changer for our local sports community, and
will also attract regional and national events.

It’s a collaboration between nine founding groups – Avalon Rugby Club, Hutt Valley Dodgers Softball Club, Fraser Park Squash Club, Hutt Valley Softball Association, Lower Hutt City AFC, Naenae Hockey Club, Wellington Regional Hockey Stadium Trust, Taita District Cricket Club, Mitchell Park Squash Club and Hutt Valley Softball Association.

Tadak Brejnakowski from the Dodgers softball club says they’re already seeing benefits as the new venue will be able to host national fixtures for the Black Sox and White Sox teams.

“This will have a huge impact on local sport and will attract new members and strengthen our clubs.”

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