Naracoorte District Hockey Association is thrilled its new synthetic field is on track for a grand opening on March 30.
President Derek James said the association was extremely pleased with the progress of the new pitch after the synthetic turf was laid recently.
“It is looking amazing, and we cannot believe that it has come together so well,” Mr James said.
The new pitch comes after the NDHA received $848,000 in funding from the state government in February last year.
Recently, the NDHA also secured a $100,000 loan from the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, bringing the total funding for the pitch to close to $1 million.
Left to do now, according to Mr James, is some demolishing, fencing and bunkers to complete the modern complex.
“85-90% of the pitch is finished and is coming together quite nicely,” Mr James said. “It will be used within the early weeks of March, which we are very excited about.”
With the pitch installer Polytan finishing on-site work this week, the finishing touches are all that is left.
Project manager Jim Allen from Jim Allen and Associates as well as head contractor Gambier Earth Movers have impressed the NDHA, with Mr James commending them on an excellent job in delivering the new facility for Naracoorte and surrounding districts.
The ambitious project has been highly encouraged by the local community, as well as Naracoorte Lucindale mayor Erika Vickery.
“This project which the NDHA has undertaken is state of the art and the attraction will give Naracoorte a base for hockey in the future,” Mrs Vickery said.
“It will bring players to the town from all over the region and give opportunities for competitions, assist with the town's economy and give a state of the art playing field for local players.
“It will also allow our players to increase their skills, which develops onto them playing state-wide.”
Mrs Vickery added that the Naracoorte Lucindale Council was proud to be partnered with the NDHA to make the project happen.
With local players having to do a round trip of at least 200km to play on synthetic turf previously, the new turf will be a game changer.
To gain the massive grant form the state government, late 2017 the NDHA put together a video with the use of a drone, to highlight the need for the change.
The video highlighted the impact a new field will make on local players and underlined the skills and performance improvements that are now within sight.
The NDHA also underlined the increased attraction of new competitions and major events.
With the start of hockey season coming up fast, and the finishing touches coming soon, Mr James is confident the NDHA is looking forward to a big year.