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Papatoetoe Sports Centre wins national award

12 December 2013

Papatoetoe Sports Centre wins national award

The Papatoetoe Sports Centre has been recognised as the most outstanding recreation facility in New Zealand at the 2013 New-Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) Awards in Rotorua.

The sports centre is managed by the Papatoetoe Sports and Community Charitable Trust in partnership with Auckland Council and is a sector leading sports club partnership. Home to 12 sports clubs and community groups, this partnership has enabled the clubs to share resources, improve the quality of their programmes and keep the end cost of sport down.

The judges said the sports centre was a great example of a sports club partnership which gives back to its community.

Justin Leydesdorff, general manager of Papatoetoe Sports and Community Charitable Trust said “This award recognises many peoples contribution over many years. We have a vision to be the best multisport facility in Australasia and this shows we are well on the way”.

Ian Maxwell, Auckland Council’s manager of parks, sport and recreation, says council is proud to support this community-led facility and is delighted to see such an innovative partnership approach going from strength to strength.

“Clubs, groups, sports trusts, funding partners and councils – working together – can achieve great things and make a real difference to local communities.

“We congratulate all of the people that have contributed to the success of the Papatoetoe Sports Centre.”

Since opening in 2011, the sports centre has increased recreation in the community, has a combined membership of nearly 3,000 people and has had over 411,000 visitors through its doors. The centre has hosted international hockey test matches, many high performance training camps and is home to six Black Sticks and two All Blacks.

About Papatoetoe Sports Centre
Papatoetoe Sports and Community Charitable Trust provide sport, leisure and recreation services from Papatoetoe Sport Centre and provides advocacy services for sports clubs. The Papatoetoe Sports Centre is located at Sutton Crescent, Papatoetoe, Auckland. Its facilities include an international hockey turf, six tennis courts, indoor cricket centre, bowling greens, strength training facilities, cricket, soccer and rugby fields, bar and bistro, and multi-purpose meeting and function rooms. It is a registered charitable trust.

www.papatoetoesports.org.nz

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