Nayland College students will soon be playing rain, hail or shine after the school received funding for its new all-weather, multi-sport turf.
The school has been campaigning for a new $300,000 turf since 2014 and now the New Zealand Communities Trust has come on board with a $50,000 grant towards the all-weather surface.
Nayland College principal Daniel Wilson says the hope is the new turf will result in less injuries and more player numbers.
“We put forward an application outlining what we were hoping to achieve with the installation of the turf and we were very fortunate that they saw the community value in having this facility and came on board with the funding.”
The school’s current courts are over 50-years-old and are becoming a hazard.
Daniel says the school has had a number of injuries on the court and an artificial turf will improve health and safety.
“The facility is not well used because it’s substandard and we want to rectify that.”
Daniel’s hope is that the ‘Tiger Turf’ will help to raise the profile of sport in the school.
He says to increase participation in sport at the school, a modern turf is the way to go.
“When other schools have installed turf, they have seen participation in sport rise significantly.”
The facility will accommodate netball, tennis, basketball, sprinting, futsal and hockey.
“It’s going to be a real community hub,” Daniel says.
The approval of the $300,000 all-weather turf has been four years in the making.
“We identified way back at the start of my first year that this would be something that would be beneficial to the school and community.”
Daniel says the college is still working with other community groups to try get them to come to the party and help fund the project.
“It takes time to make those connections and have those conversations.”
The turf is expected to be completed by August.
Anyone willing to contribute to the project can contact Daniel at Nayland College on 547 9769.