stadium waimakariri

The Waimakariri District Council is currently constructing a four-court multi-use indoor sports facility on Coldstream Road, Rangiora, for the benefit of our diverse and growing community.

Once completed in mid 2021 this facility will be operated by the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust.

Currently the Waimakariri District does not have adequate indoor courts to cater for the increase in demand across a variety of sporting codes.  Population growth and greater diversity in our community has brought with it sporting and recreational opportunities, many of which are not being fulfilled due to a lack of suitable venues.


Sports that we know are popular in similar communities around NZ have not been able to get established or grow due to insufficient court space and availability.  Futsal, volleyball and badminton are three such sports, but there are many others in this situation as well.

Stadium Waimakariri is a facility that will benefit the whole Waimakariri community and everyone who lives here.  Not just a sports stadium, the facility will provide a range of opportunities for events and activities across the diverse spectrum of recreational, social and economic needs in the community – now and into the future.

The Many Usage Options
 

Availability, size and cost of the indoor court space can play a role in limiting the growth of many sports and opportunity for our community to engage in a range of recreational pursuits all year round.
 

A multi-court facility with flexible spectator seating and court configurations will provide benefits for an extensive range of sporting codes from junior beginner levels right up to representative and even National and International competition.  
The ability to accommodate several different sports playing at the same time, as well as access during the day time, opens up opportunities for both mainstream and minority sports, as well as other non-sport users.

 

  • Netball – with Premier grade now playing indoors there is potential to play other club grades, run a netball academy and coaching clinics at a new multi-court facility, along with a busy social competition.
     

  • Basketball – North Canterbury’s champion Premier team and other club teams would train and play home games at a new stadium.  Friday night junior basketball growth means four courts would be a welcome addition and would allow for the more efficient hosting of junior and senior tournaments in the region.   
     

  • Futsal – this format of indoor football is hugely popular and several Canterbury and NZ representative players come from NC.  However we have been unable to establish local competitions or coaching programmes due to lack of venue and access.
     

  • Badminton – a once strong local club has virtually closed due to a lack of access to suitable local venue.  A multi-court stadium would encourage the renewed growth of this popular sport at all ages.
     

  • Volleyball – a popular sport at multi-court facilities around NZ it would find a place in the local community with a suitable venue.
     

  • Pickleball - this popular and fast growing sport is gaining a foothold in NZ and we're sure it will be a hit at Stadium Waimakariri.  Pickleball is described as a cross between tennis and table tennis, played on badminton lines and similar to Patter-Tennis played in our primary schools
     

  • Indoor Bowls – competitive sport for young and old with potential for growth - particularly at junior level - and with potential for local tournaments.

  • Table Tennis – another sport that can cover a wide age range and with great potential to grow in a suitable venue alongside other compatible sports.

  • Other potential sports – Korfball, Archery Tag, Dodgeball, Handball, Floorball, gymnastics & tumbling.

  • Fitness Centre & Group Fitness Classes – along with a fully spec’d fitness centre the multi-use facility will host a range of group fitness classes such as Mums and Bubs, functional exercise classes, preschool and children’s classes and CommCare/Back-to-Work programmes.

Community Use
 

  • Daytime Activities – with unrestricted access during the day there will be scope to run a range of preschool classes and activities such as Gymbaroo, inflatables etc alongside activities for seniors such as Silver Fitness, Move It, Table Tennis and Bowls activities.
     

  • Community Groups – a multi-court stadium will provide more opportunities and options for holiday programmes, youth, social and church groups, corporate groups and public walk-up users.

 

  • Cultural & Commercial Events – larger venues provide opportunities to host a wide range of cultural and commercial events such as Kapa-Haka festivals, art and trade shows, awards ceremonies, conferences and private functions.

  • Civil Defence – the stadium could be used as an evacuation point and emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster.

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