Sunshine Coast Hockey Club Achieves Bigger Goals
Sunshine Coast Council
The Sunshine Coast Hockey Association will launch internationally with a new world-class field now available after the Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland government complete a major $ 489,000 upgrade.
In November last year, the existing turf was removed from the Ballinger Road Pavilion, Buderim, to make way for the installation of state-of-the-art synthetic turf.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said projects like this give our rising stars access to the best facilities.
âIt’s great to see a place where our up-and-coming hockey players and elite athletes can play on top-quality fields,â said Mayor Jamieson.
âThe establishment of sports facilities like these gives more people the opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice and improves our ability to attract high performance sporting events to our region. “
Divisional Councilor Ted Hungerford couldn’t agree more and said the facility will support and serve the entire community of Sunshine Coast and beyond.
âThis land will benefit the Sunshine Coast community and the Caboolture teams in Gympie,â said Cr Hungerford.
âIt’s a great place to play. Who knows, we could host the next Olympic competitors right here.
âHockey is a sport that is played by a large cross section of our community with both male and female participation, as well as all ages, from five to 80 and over. “
Sunshine Coast Hockey Association President Warren Flower said the new surface was a real boost for Sunshine Coast hockey.
“We made the decision to name the field after our most decorated and successful player, two-time Olympian and medalist Jodie Kenny,” said Flower.
“The land will be known as ‘Jodie Kenny (nÃ©e Schulz) Field’ in recognition of her accomplishments.”
Former Sunshine Coast Hockey Association president Scott Brennan has championed the improvements during his tenure and said he is delighted that local players have the opportunity to play on the same surface that is used in the next few years. Tokyo Olympics.
âWhat a great way to start our 2021 season with state-of-the-art turf and a whole new underlay to play on,â said Brennan.
âThe new surface allows our members to experience the exact same surface that will be used at the Olympics later this year.
“All of our players who had the chance to play on the new surface were surprised by the quality.”
The Sunshine Coast Hockey Association funded $ 39,000 towards the cost of the project.
Deputy Local Government Minister Nikki Boyd said the Queensland government has contributed $ 450,000 to upgrade the land as part of the government’s COVID-19 Works for Queensland program.
“The COVID-19 Works for Queensland program is helping the Sunshine Coast’s economic recovery, with projects like this creating more jobs and improving community infrastructure,” Boyd said.
“The improved grounds provide the Hockyroos and the budding Kookaburras with the best facilities for playing and training.”
The Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with the state government’s COVID-19 Works for Queensland program, also funded Buderim Wanderers’ new LED field lighting upgrade at Ballinger Road sports complex.
Work on main switchboard safety upgrades, electrical upgrades and replacing halogen field lights with new LED lights at the Eastern training ground was completed in February. The installation has improved playing conditions and reduced electricity costs for the club.
QUICK FACTS – Hockey field:
Artificial turf is made and manufactured in Australia
Poligras Tokyo GT is the first synthetic hockey turf that features filaments made from over 60% renewable raw materials
The rubber underlay, or shock pad below the surface, uses recycled tire rubber supplied by Ipswich
Polytan’s CoolPlus technology ensures that the turf stays pleasantly cool even in hot weather
The Sunshine Coast Hockey Association donated some of the used synthetic surface to local clubs, schools and sports groups.