Apollo Projects was engaged in 2012 to design and build the new 2,300m2 High Performance Sport New Zealand Training Centre in Christchurch. Apollo were thrilled to be selected for the project by New Zealand’s elite sporting organisation; having been involved in top level sport through our various sponsorship activities.
We have committed long-term to the development of elite athletes by becoming an official sponsor of the new Centre, with it being named the “Apollo Projects Centre”. Apollo is proud to be doing its part to ensure Canterbury’s top athletes have the necessary support to compete at the highest level.
Along with Canterbury’s elite athletes from a range of sporting codes, the centre is the new base for the Canterbury EziYo Tactix Netball team – check out what Netball NZ had to say about the teams new home.
Pop the champagne corks – they’re finally in!
The EasiYo Tactix have held their first training session at the Apollo Projects Centre in Christchurch, their new home, after years of disruption and commuting to different training venues around the district.
The team is able to fully utilise the facilities at the newly named Apollo Projects Centre which is also home to High Performance Sport New Zealand. A feature for the franchise is the purpose built indoor netball court.
EasiYo Tactix coach Leigh Gibbs says the team are delighted.
“We are excited to finally be able to completely utilise the ‘one stop shop’ high performance facility.”
“To have everything we need in one place saves us a couple of hours a week by not having to travel around the city to trainings and meetings. At this busy time of the year this is much appreciated.”
Gibbs says the past few years haven’t been easy, but the circumstances have been character-building for everyone involved.
“The players have been adaptable and flexible having to use different training venues and sometimes programme and venue changes at short notice.”
“However, they have maintained a positive attitude throughout to these challenges and are now relishing having certainty and quality in our own training and franchise base,” said Gibbs.
The Apollo Projects Centre is now home to EasiYo Tactix management and players, as well as the new Netball Mainland Zone staff.
Netball Mainland CEO Brigit Hearn says the high performance hub on Ilam Road ticks all the boxes.
“There’s not only the indoor netball court but all of the latest high tech training and testing equipment that the players can use as part of the High Performance Sport New Zealand facility.
We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to have everything in one place including offices for the administration and management of Netball Mainland,” says Hearn.
South Island’s top athletes will also access the facility which houses offices for Paralympics NZ, Rowing’s Regional Performance Centre and Athletics New Zealand among others. Athletes will also be able to use the indoor pool at the Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centre adjacent to their new premises.
Hearn says the benefits of having other High Performance athletes around will benefit the EasiYo Tactix players and staff.
“I believe rubbing shoulders daily with professional athletes and management from other codes can only bring positive results for our player, coach and official high performance and emerging talent programmes.”
The Apollo Projects Centre will be officially opened at the end of May.