First season success for Sportsville
by Andy Bryenton
A season of sports action has come and gone at Dargaville’s newest recreational venue, Sportsville and facility coordinator Sarah Powell says that it has been a great inaugural year, with plenty more on-court and on-field action to come.
Opening in September 2018, the complex has seen a variety of groups, organisations and individuals contribute to its success. Recently the construction team behind the new courts at Sportsville received the Hynds Pipe Systems Projects $500,000–$1,000,000 Award at the 2019 Northland Construction Awards for their efforts. Robinson Asphalts cinched the title for this aspect of Sportsville, but Sarah cites many other contributors, from the parents and coaches of teams through to referees and umpires, and the Kaipara District Council who have worked hard to improve access, roads and parking. Sport Northland teamed up with a host of agencies and groups to host their ‘Play in the Park’ day at Sportsville earlier this year.
“On a typical Saturday morning you’ll see football, rugby and netball teams all sharing the facilities,” says Sarah.
Each code has different needs, and the flexibility of facilities is the key to accommodating them all. As the complex looks toward the future, an important role will be played by the board of trustees, who have guided this project through a productive first year.
The election date for a new board is coming soon, and locals, especially those with an interest in sports, are warmly invited by the incumbent management to take part in developing the future of this recreational hub.