Throughout New Zealand, clubs and societies are struggling with a lack of funding, decreasing membership, fewer volunteers and the cost of running clubs and managing buildings is becoming increasingly difficult. The new Ricoh Sports Centre at Fraser Park Sportsville allows sporting groups to come together and share facilities with centralised management. The Sportsville model provides a strong concept to help protect and foster clubs through partnerships. It aims to create a single facility which supports the clubs and wider communities, making it easier to; attract new members, offer new programmes and control operational costs by sharing resources.
To overcome the complex nature of bringing together multiple sports and stakeholders, the Ricoh Sports Centre is a 360 degree building; designed to accommodate a multitude of sport at every face. It forms the heart of the Sportsville, the meeting point and the shelter and ultimately where people come together.