It won't be long before Opiki School's children and the community can make full use of their tennis courts again. NZCT awarded the school $20,000 to resurface the tennis courts with multi-purpose synthetic sports turf.
Michelle Moleta, Grants Officer at Opiki School, which is near Palmerston North, explains the funding was needed to make the tennis courts usable again. "The current Opiki tennis courts have needed upgrading for some time as the surface had deteriorated and is slippery when wet. After a rainy year like we have had, it highlighted the need for a safe, all-weather area that Opiki School children and the community can use to play sports."
Michelle says obtaining this grant from NZCT has been the key to achieving the turf project. "Our total turf project cost will exceed $70,000, and we have been successful at fundraising a substantial proportion of this ourselves. We are aware that in a small community such as ours the resources are limited, and we find ourselves always asking the same people for money when fundraising. Having the amount of $20,000 generously donated by NZCT is a huge help, and we cannot thank NZCT enough for their generous support."
The new multi-purpose turf surface will be marked for a variety of sports such as tennis, netball, hockey and basketball. It is the only facility in the area and is open to the community for use. "Upgrading our tennis courts with this multi-sports turf will allow teachers, coaches and our children to utilise the facility all year round as the field gets too wet to play sport on. We expect to increase the number of school sports teams, and we hope to see the community use the courts a lot more," concludes Michelle.