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Last modified: 29 Sep 2020 9:33am

A group of people in high visibility jackets take a tour of the indoor courts

Sports around Selwyn and Christchurch are getting excited about the possibilities for their sports from the new Selwyn Sports Centre.

The indoor court centre at Foster Park marked two milestones last week as the roof was completed and the building officially named the Selwyn Sports Centre.

The eight-court centre with an indoor walking track, interactive digital sports wall, community spaces and administration areas, is due to open in early April, in time for next year’s winter sports season.

Selwyn Sports Trust Lead Physical Activity Activator Amy McClintock says the centre will be a huge opportunity for Selwyn residents and sport in the district.

The trust is hoping to make the centre its home and Amy says the extra space provides more options for users such as the trust and the district’s schools that currently have to spread events across multiple parks at once.

“It’s about bringing the community together and the ability to have physical activity opportunities all year round. It’s a multi-use venue, not just indoor, but being able to use the fields around at Foster Park. To be able to have one venue for basketball, volleyball, hockey, rugby, football, and for sports to be able to hopefully come together and work collaboratively, that’s going to benefit the growth of sport in Selwyn.”

Canterbury Floorball Development Manager Cherie King says the courts change the landscape for a sport that has struggled to find space since the earthquakes.

It hopes to work with other sports to offer multi-sport days at first, but the courts will also allow it to expand from just a youth competition in Selwyn and to possibly host regional and national competitions.

“We’ve started talking about competitions previously held in Christchurch coming back. Even our Christchurch players have said it’s not that big a deal to come out to Rolleston for decent facilities.”