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Christchurch sports venues to receive upgrades ahead of ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
A $2 million funding injection from the New Zealand Government will see Hagley Oval and New Zealand Cricket High Performance Centre at Lincoln University receive upgrades ahead of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.
The upgrades focus on redevelopment of player facilities, including toilets, to make them gender neutral and of a standard befitting the world’s best players.
At Hagley Oval, the existing Horticultural Hall will be re-established as a sports centre and renamed the Sir Richard Hadlee Centre. It will be used for indoor cricket training and will include a second set of gender-neutral player facilities to cater for double headers.
At the New Zealand Cricket High Performance Centre at Lincoln University, new accessible and gender-neutral player facilities will be installed to support match and training activities on the Lincoln Green Oval, the Lincoln No.3 Oval and the outdoor net facilities.
New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson advises “facilities that are tailored for men are not always right for women, and part of this funding is about changing that, so we are good hosts for the world’s best women’s players in 2022.
Canterbury Cricket Trust Chair, Lee Robinson adds “this generous grant will contribute significantly to the completion of the Hagley Cricket Precinct at Hagley Oval, which not only provides a fully commissioned international cricket ground, but with the completion of the Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre, a complimentary indoor cricket training facility available for all cricketers.”
ChristchurchNZ General Manager Destination and Attraction, Loren Heaphy is pleased the cricketing facilities are being upgraded ahead of the world cup and adds “cricket is a core part of Canterbury culture, as is equality, with suffrage being born here in Otautahi Christchurch. The awarding of this funding from government is a great example of the legacy impact events like the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 can have on a city, and reaffirms our ability to host large-scale global events.’’
New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White says the funding announcement is great news for cricket at all levels in Christchurch and notes “we see the White Ferns and the Blackcaps in the same light and these facility improvements are important as we aim to provide an equal experience for both our male and female cricketers.’’
Christchurch is among the four New Zealand cities to benefit from the player facilities upgrades announced by Minister Grant Robertson today.
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 match schedule is due to be announced next month.
Image of Hagley Cricket Precinct at Hagley Oval courtesy of Christchurch City Council
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19th December 2019 - Christchurch Council approves new ground lease for Hagley Oval
17th August 2019 - Christchurch City Council to consider Hagley Oval lighting proposal
4th April 2015 - Hagley Oval named ‘International Cricket Pitch of the Year’
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5th February 2013 - Over 200 submissions on Hagley Oval cricket redevelopment
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