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Last modified: 27 Apr 2021 12:21pm

Aerial image of the Selwyn Sports Centre with Foster Park fields behind and around

Hundreds of hours of games, sports and fitness will take place at the Selwyn Sports Centre when it opens its doors at the start of May.

The sports centre at Foster Park in Rolleston and the Selwyn Aquatic Centre across the road will host a family fun afternoon from 12.30pm on Sunday 2 May for people to try out the centre, ahead of sports starting on Monday 3 May.

A group of people play dodgeball at the Selwyn Sports CentreGiant inflatables in the pool, bouncy castles, food stalls, pony rides and face painting will be available, Selwyn Sports Centre Manager Dave Tippett says.

“We want people to come down and kick balls, shoot hoops, hit balls, try out our taster fitness classes, swim at the pool and have a really fun afternoon trying everything out.”

The fun will start with Sir Richard Hadlee leading 75 children invited from local schools on a tour of the centre.

The centre already has a busy schedule of sports waiting to hit the courts the next day, from netball, futsal, badminton, table tennis and basketball to floorball, baby gym and Phatsk8 roller skating, along with Council group fitness classes.

"We’ve got over 225 hours’ worth of bookings for the first week. We're not at capacity, but we’ll be busy,” Mr Tippett says.

The centre is set to host a number of regional and South Island tournaments, and a National Netball League game, and will be used by Rolleston College and local primary schools for classes and events. Courts will be kept free at least one evening a week for casual users, and to be able to respond to community needs with social sports events.

Facilities include a New Zealand-first Taktile digital playwall, combining videogame technology and sport, which will be available for people to try at the open day and hire.

The centre will house the Selwyn Sports House—a collaborative office space for community sports groups. The Council has also signed an agreement to offer Les Mills classes as part of its group fitness classes at all recreation centres, with the instructors you know and love who will provide routines and challenges for all ages and abilities.