Hamilton’s best kept secret – play and train regardless of the weather.
With winter sports season just around the corner, the unpredictability of winter weather adds uncertainty to playing and training for many sports.
A little known jewel in the Hamilton landscape caters for just this. The Perry Arena, based at the Eastlink Hub (Hamilton East) offers a large indoor facility suitable for most sports. Initially developed to assist tennis with three plexipave hardcourt surfaces, the indoor facility also transforms into a massive 50 x 40 metre open floor training space just by removing the tennis nets.
A number of prominent non-tennis users have taken advantage of this space, including the Chiefs rugby team, Futsal and school groups. As well as the indoor stadium, a 19 court outdoor complex with astro turf options and lighting caters for cross code use.
The ability to allocate space on a web booking system maximises planning or on the fly bookings by users. This is a 24/7 proposition for sport and recreation.
“It really is about sports getting a little bit creative,” says centre manager Richard Harris.
As a football enthusiast he cringes at the lack of winter training options in the depths of the rainy season.
“Utilising alternative training venues – such as Eastlink Hub and The Perry Arena is an obvious solution,“ says Richard.
The centre houses some prominent tenants including Waikato Thames Valley Tennis Association, Lugton Park Tennis Club and NZ Tennis Academy, Lugton Park Squash, Eastlink Cricket Club and Waikato Seniors’ Tennis.
The Perry Arena is part of the Eastlink Hub; a sports pocket of Hamilton which caters for several sports and sporting codes – always welcoming new members to have a go.
Home to Tennis Waikato-Bays, Waikato Badminton Association, Hamilton Wado Kai Karate Club, Hillcrest Bowling Club (off-site), Hamilton Inline Hockey Club (Inline Skating), Lugton Park Squash Club and Eastlink Cricket Club, the area is packed with opportunities to become involved in a fun sport and enjoy the sporting and recreational opportunities available.
The initiative of having sports clubs work together to create a sporting hub is a smart one. With people becoming increasingly time poor, they also recognise the importance of sport and recreation; for themselves and their family.
The Hub allows families to travel to the same destination and enjoy individual sports.