MainPower shoulders sponsorship for sports facility Officials paused on Friday to celebrate the enormity of their $28 million journey to complete North Canterbury’s newest sports facility, and to acknowledge its naming rights sponsors. With the smell of the finish line fast becoming a reality for the July 2021 opening of the 6000msq four-court building – which will seat up to 500 spectators – MainPower NZ Limited was announced as the first major naming rights sponsor to partner with the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust (NCSRT). The Coldstream Rd address for MainPower Stadium will join a suite of neighbouring sporting facilities already bearing the MainPower name, including MainPower Cricket Oval and the MainPower Hockey Turf. With the backdrop of stadium’s progress clearly visible from the gala, which was held on the MainPower Cricket Oval, the community was brought up to speed on the stadium’s progress. The final funding plans were also shared during the afternoon, which included a celebration of a decade of the MainPower North Canterbury Primary Schools Sports Coaching Programme. MainPower proud to be involved MainPower’s CEO Andy Lester said he considered the naming rights an investment in a key community facility, and a natural extension to MainPower’s long-term commitment to North Canterbury sport. “We are proud to be supporting a facility that will deliver such huge benefits for the community,” Mr Lester said. “We believe this will further enhance our long-standing partnership with the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust, and the work they do with local youth and promoting healthier lifestyles through sport.” McAlplines Mitre 10 Mega gets involved MainPower wasn’t the only local business to dig deep. McAlpines Mitre 10 Mega was also announced as the naming rights sponsor of the Stadium’s Fitness Facility, and the four sports courts. This extends McAlpines current commitment to the NCSRT Fitness Centres based in Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Amberley and Oxford. The new fitness facility will be known as the McAlpine’s Mitre 10 Mega Fitness Centre. The courts will be named in recognition of the McAlpines family – which established its first business in Rangiora in 1923 – almost a century ago. McAlpines Managing Director, Andrew Davidson, says that the sponsorship was a vital step in affirming their continuing commitment to the North Canterbury community. “We see this investment as not only deepening our partnership with the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust, but also supporting grassroots activities through the provision of exceptional facilities for all ages,” Mr Davidson said. Public invited to leave their legacy The NCSRT made use of the event to announce the launch of their multi-tiered sponsorship campaign, which will be offered to the wider community. It is hoped it will not only bridge the final $1.8 million funding push, it will also give North Canterbury families the opportunity to have their names cast in perpetuity for the generations which follow. The NCSRT CEO Michael Sharpe said securing long-term commercial partners, as well as the community contributions, was critical for the operational sustainability of the venue. “These sponsorships will not only help the Trust cover the $1 million capital contribution to the Waimakariri District Council, but they will provide opportunities for North Canterbury companies, families, and individuals to leave a lifetime legacy that will be seen for generations to come,” Mr Sharpe said. “It will truly be a facility by the community for the community.” Local sports buffs Tony and Kerin Brand, who were at the gala, gave a thumbs up to the innovators who made it happen and – like many avid North Canterbury sporting families – can’t wait to see the doors swing open. They say they will be involved at some level. “I think it’s just great,” Tony said. “All our kids have come up through the North Canterbury tennis ranks.” Kerin added, “We have four grandchildren at the moment, and they all live in the district so they are going to be the ones that benefit from this.” Annual Youth Scholarships named In addition, four 2020 MainPower Youth Sports Scholarships were announced, in lieu of the NCSRT’s annual awards ceremony, which was cancelled this year because of COVID-19 restrictions. The four scholarship recipients (each receiving $2000) were: Macey Fraser (football), Jacob Turner (mountain biking), Star Richens (figure skating) and Olivia Slone (archery).