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New Turf for Hockey Centre

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Turf for Hockey Centre

The Tauranga Hockey Association is pushing for the council to seek public consultation on providing $600,000 for another hockey turf.

The Tauranga Hockey Centre at Kawaka Street currently has two turfs. Figures provided to the council show hockey is a fast growing sport and demand on the existing facilities exceeds recommended capacity.

The THA has seen 17 per cent growth in registered players in the last five years and in 2015 there were 2495 registered players in the sub-region.

The THA has seen significant growth in primary school aged community hockey, and this growth is now progressed into secondary school aged community hockey.

Currently 7.5 per cent of Tauranga's 5-15-year-olds are registered hockey players.

An additional 2000 players also use the network each year for training, tournaments and events. This includes use by tournaments such as AIM'S Games and events such as International Hockey - NZ Black Sticks vs Korea and Japan in 2014.

The facility is also used for non-hockey users including BOP Rugby training and WaiBOP Football training and socials summer football.

About 80 per cent of registered players are Tauranga residents and 20 per cent are from the Western Bay of Plenty District.

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