Youth Advisory Group members (back row, from left) Bill Latham, Dylan Rands, Matt Pitkin, Simon Cross; (front row) Matt Hartsuy
Youth Advisory Group members (back row, from left) Bill Latham, Dylan Rands, Matt Pitkin, Simon Cross; (front row) Matt Hartsuy

SPORTZ UPGRADE



THE exciting plans that are on the drawing board for an upgrade at Sportz Central are about to take on board the opinions of possibly the most important users of the community sports complex on Bray Street ? the youth.

The dominant users of the facilities at Sportz Central are without doubt the junior sportsmen and women who take part in various competitions such as basketball, futsal, multi-sports and volleyball.

To reflect this, a Youth Advisory Group has been established to ensure that the views of the youth of the town are reflected in the operation and the development of the complex.

An initial seven-member group consisting of Ashley Markham, Katie Henry, Bill Latham, Matt Hartsuyker, Simon Cross, Dylan Rands and Matt Pitkin held its first meeting last week and was brought up to speed on the history and operation of Sportz Central. The group was also advised of the work already done to upgrade and improve the facility for its patrons and for spectators.

The Youth Advisory Group represent a good cross section of the various groups who use the centre and each of the members is a regular visitor to and participant in activities at Sportz Central. The sporting prowess of the group has allowed all of them to travel regularly outside Coffs Harbour and sample what other comparable facilities have to offer both players and spectators.

All are highly complimentary of the facilities at Sportz Central and the management of the centre but they all agreed there was an urgent need to expand the facilities, especially the foyer, public access areas and the ability of the canteen to increase the range of refreshments on offer.

"A big percentage of the people who come through Sportz Central are young people, but up until now we have not had a vehicle to listen to their views," stadium chairperson Bronwyn Bursle said.

"As they use our centre so much they are well placed to give us ideas on what is good and what needs to be improved. "We are really looking forward to receiving their input on a regular basis, especially to ensure that when we expand and modernise our entrance and the support facilities in the centre, that this reflects the interest and views of our young patrons."

It's been agreed that the group will meet bi-monthly to provide young people's perspective to the Management Committee. Already the Advisory Group has indicated that it would like to be consulted as plans to develop and enhance the facility take shape.

The young group decided at their first meeting that a representative from the sport of volleyball and one from Orara High School who are the most frequent users of the facility will enhance the work of the YAG.



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