Gympie Hockey President Ian Wenzel stands on the worn out synthetic hockey field at Ramsey Park. The hockey club is fundraising for a new state of the art hockey field.
Gympie Hockey President Ian Wenzel stands on the worn out synthetic hockey field at Ramsey Park. The hockey club is fundraising for a new state of the art hockey field. Craig Warhurst

Gympie hockey need new surface

HAVE you ever wanted to have a new state of the art sporting field named after you?

Well, here is your chance. Gympie Hockey Association is offering the naming rights to its new synthetic hockey surface for anyone willing to cough up $50,000 sponsorship towards the new facility.

Gympie Hockey is desperately in need of a new synthetic surface because its sand based surface is well and truly past it’s used by date.

The current Ramsey Park surface was the first synthetic hockey surface in Queensland when it was built in 1986, but 24 years of hockey has seen the surface become worn an outdated.

Gympie Hockey President Ian Wenzel said the club had to convince Hockey Queensland to allocate the Australian under 13 Championship at another centre this year because of the state of the field.

“Hopefully we won’t have to send any other carnivals and the money they generate for the community away from the Gympie area,” he said.

The current hockey committee has set in place a plan to replace the pitch by 2011 and hope current fundraising efforts and sponsorship deals will see the club’s dream come true.

The new state of the art hybrid synthetic surface will cost around $350,000 to install, but Wenzel says the huge cost will be worth it.

He said the turf didn’t need to be wet to play on like most modern fields, saving Gympie money in irrigation costs, but would still play like a wet field.

“We have six women’s teams and now five male teams in the competitions and host of up and coming juniors,” Wenzel said.

“We need the new facility to grow and to give our juniors the opportunity of playing on the best surface possible,” he said.

Gympie Hockey has a sponsorship arrangement for varying degrees of sponsorship levels and gratefully accepts whatever money prospective sponsors can afford.

“Our project has been approved by the Australian Sports Foundation which means any money donated can be used as a tax deduction,” Wenzel said.

Currently, the club has raised $60,000 towards the field but has funding applications pending with Jupiter’s, Sport and Recreation, Gambling Community Benefit fund and local service clubs.

Wenzel said Cornetts IGA had just signed up to sponsor the club to the tune of $15,000 over the next two years.

“IGA’s support has been fantastic,” Wenzel said.

Hopefully the field can be up and running for the 2011 season.

Anyone interested in donating to Gympie Hockey can ring Wenzel on 54824982.

Gympie Times


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