The new multi-sport facility, due to open at the end of the year, will be home to Fraser Park Sportsville. The Sportsville concept aims to support and foster clubs by creating a number of sports communities within a shared facility, making it easier for clubs to attract new members, offer new programmes and control operational costs.
Ricoh is proud and extremely happy to be involved with this project, which has been specifically designed to be a regionally and nationally significant precinct for sport, recreation and other community activities, says Nigel Kirk, Sales Manager for Ricoh New Zealand.
“For more than 80 years, Ricoh has been driving innovation to provide our customers with value-adding services and solutions that increase productivity and reduce costs. The Sportsville model perfectly illustrates our values. There are parallels in the way Ricoh encourages innovation and change within the business community with the way the new sports centre will help clubs to facilitate growth, while providing them with leading-edge sports facilities,” he says.
The Fraser Park development will have far-reaching benefits for the wider Lower Hutt community, says Hutt City Council’s Matt Reid. “Throughout New Zealand, clubs are struggling with maintaining memberships, finances, older facilities and maintaining volunteers. The Ricoh Sports Centre is going to be a game changer, which is demonstrated by the quality and prestige of the new naming right partner. We are delighted to have such an innovative and community minded New Zealand and global business partnering with us.
“Not only will the Ricoh Sports Centre strengthen the social fabric through the sharing of community spaces but, it will also encourage participation due to the provision of quality facilities. The new state-of-the-art facility will benefit the local community and bring social and economic benefits to Hutt City by attracting national and international sporting tournaments and events to the region,” says Mr Reid, general manager of City and Community services.
Hutt City Council’s $12 million investment in Fraser Park is part of its long-term plan to rejuvenate the city, attract business, development and people to the Hutt and provide world-class facilities, including specifically targeting our neediest suburbs.