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New Performance Training Centre to open in Rotorua
17 September 2018
New Performance Training Centre to open in Rotorua
A new specialised facility in Rotorua will enable local athletes to remain in the city to advance their physical performance.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Rotorua Lakes Council have announced the opening of a Performance and Training Centre at Rotorua International Stadium.
The centre will allow athletes to stay in Rotorua and have access to a range of strength and conditioning equipment, nutrition advice and professional development programmes.
The Performance and Training Centre also means that the Rotorua Stadium becomes a dual purpose facility, making the most of a space that is underutilised outside of events and rugby fixtures.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers said the centre would allow local Rotorua talent to stay at home but still gain the leading edge.
“This provides not only an opportunity for our Rotorua based athletes a performance facility to train in, but will also support our strategic goals in developing young talent and retaining players and provides our Union with a strong presence within the Rotorua community,” said Rogers.
“We see the facility benefiting the development of a stronger and healthier community through the delivery of a number of programmes including strength and conditioning, nutrition, mental skills and professional development which will have a direct positive impact on the Rotorua community. It will also see the Rotorua International Stadium used on a more regular basis and in turn we hope this will attract greater interest from other sporting bodies both nationally and internationally,” said Rogers. 
“For us this is also another opportunity to connect and continue to develop our relationship with Rotorua Lakes Council, said Rogers.”
The collaboration closely aligns with the organisational objectives for both entities. Council believes Bay of Plenty Rugby Union as a great partner to contribute towards its goals set out in the district’s sport and recreation strategy to:
  • Activate people – Increase participation in sport and recreation  
  • Create outstanding places to play – Provide sustainable access to high quality facilities that match the community’s expectations.
  • Connect communities – Increase the number of sports and recreation groups sharing facilities, increase the number of partnerships between sport and recreation organisations
  • Build pathways from grassroots to sporting clubs to regional/national/international levels.
  • Prioritise enhancement and development of Rotorua’s unique sport and recreation offerings
Rotorua Lakes Council’s Sport and Recreation portfolio lead, Councillor Charles Sturt, said that it’s great to see the collaboration that’s taking place around the district producing positive outcomes for all parts of our community.
“It’s wonderful to look back at the goals we set as part of Rotorua’s 2030 vision and see them being achieved in a way that means we can support and nurture the talent of our young people.
“This dual facility means not only will we be able to provide specialised training to athletes looking to make their way in professional sport, that other teams and individuals will have the opportunity to get top-notch advice and support right here in Rotorua.
“It also means that we are maximising on the fantastic facilities we have here in town. We are starting to see more international games in varied sports. It really is putting Rotorua on the spot as an attractive location for the sporting industry.”
Rotorua based Bay of Plenty rugby players will be the main users of the Performance and Training Centre. This includes contracted Steamers, those pushing for selection in the Steamers, Volcanix players, those pushing for selection in the Under 19s program. It will also be a hub for Bay of Plenty Rugby Union staff based in Rotorua. The centre will be managed by Slade King who also provides strength and conditioning coaching.
The Performance and Training Centre is a multi-purpose facility and other sporting codes are welcome. Teams or individuals can access the centre by reaching out to Mr King to organise session times and dates.  
The Training and Performance Centre will be officially opened on Friday 21 September ahead of the double header with Bay of Plenty Volcanix v Taranaki and Bay of Plenty Steamers v Waikato at Rotorua International Stadium.
Source: Bay of Plenty Rugby Media Release 17 September 2018
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