Building a new future for sport delivery in New Brighton
Eastern Community Sport and Recreation Incorporated (Eastern Sport) previously Rawhiti Community Sport Incorporated (RCSI) was established in September 2008 as a multi-sport club to support and deliver recreation and sporting services to the wider New Brighton area. The establishment was based in a large part due to the strengths of the clubs within Rawhiti Domain, each with a history of service to the area of over 100 years.
A primary goal of Eastern Sport was to develop a combined and sustainable shared sport space and to work with Christchurch City Council and the member clubs to develop a multi-purpose indoor space, complimentary to the various projects outlined in the Christchurch Metro plan.
However, as the designs and costs were being finalised the 2010, the 2011, earthquakes struck. This had a significant impact upon the eastern suburbs, and required a complete rethink to the services and delivery methods of Eastern Sport. The priority shifted from building a state-of-the-art facility towards delivering much needed on the ground activities.
We have revised our objectives to align with post-earthquake reality in Christchurch. We now aim to:
“develop a multi-purpose facility located on Rawhiti Domain to meet a variety of leisure, sport and recreational needs of people in the New Brighton area. Specifically:
to ensure the sustainability of the umbrella organisation tasked with delivering community sports and recreation activity under the direction of a constitution that serves the needs of the founding clubs
to develop an appropriate funding plan that involves the sale of assets, provision of capital, removal of older buildings on the reserve and funding support from key Trusts, the Christchurch City Council and Lotteries Commission
to provide an active indoor sport and community space for a range of indoor/outdoor sport and fitness activities. A facility that delivers on our original intention for the Rawhiti Domain and favours a flexible, adaptable and potentially relocatable solution (in line with the reserves management plan)
to deliver a large and comprehensive range of sport and recreation programmes from the sport hall, courts and fields of the complex, starting with those that will provide opportunities for the founding clubs, but including those that will assist other similarly mandated organisations such as Sport Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and other sport and programme providers.
The venture requires that Eastern Sport has the support and backing of its founding and affiliate clubs. It requires the major key stakeholders, funders, CCC and Sport Canterbury to support the vision of a sustainable multi-sport partnership approach to sport club delivery.
The facility is designed as a Sprung Structure. Over 12,500 structures erected in 100 countries from the world's leading tensioned membrane structure manufacturer for sports and recreation applications. Structures can be relocated, expanded, attached to buildings and given the post-earthquake environment this is critical.
The new facility will provide for a modern clubrooms, sport club social, bar clubrooms and an indoor sport hall designed for flexible multi-purpose use, fitted out for indoor sport leagues, indoor winter training, table tennis and fitness training, with the capability for recreational indoor sports such as basketball, netball, golf driving range, indoor touch, volleyball, cricket bowling machines, a place of assembly for functions and large meetings.
The project has substantial community benefit and the combined clubs have already committed to supporting the project cost through the sale and use of existing assets.
The cost to build the complex is set at $3,9m for 3398m2. This will provide a quality facility that will be an asset for future generations, but also allows for flexibility and adaptability.