Nelson College for Girls students Lizzie Neale, Scarlet Powell, Kimberley Curry and Jensy Moyle enjoying the school’s new multipurpose astroturf. Photo: Jonty Dine.

New turf for NCG

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After 18 months of planning and fundraising, Nelson College for Girls has officially opened its new multipurpose astroturf.

The Bronte St sports arena caters for a range of sports from basketball to netball, futsal and hockey.

It replaces asphalt courts which were over 50-years-old, with cracks, weeds and poor drainage.

Sports director Jon Routhan says the state of the courts was one of the reasons he began the project.

“It made little sense to me to have a great usable space just sitting there.”

A massive fundraising effort was required to make the idea a reality, with more that $100,000 needed for the new facility.

Jon first approached the board in November 2018 to seek approval and started the process of fundraising in February 2019.

Of course, another barrier to completion was the national lockdown.

“Everything was ready to go, but the underlay arrived in Nelson from overseas literally the day we went into lockdown.”

However, despite the trials, the school raised the funds thanks to a huge community collaboration.

Jon says it has been a long road from conception to creation.

“They probably thought I was a bit mad at the start but look where we are now.”

He says the turf is for the community and he hopes it is well used.

“It’s a fantastic facility, we are very proud and just looking forward to seeing people out here.”