Manukau Courier : February 15th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, February 15, 2011 UCKPV MGPVKIGTP OPEN DAYS MARCH 2 &15 BR - j5765/01 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Saint Kentigern School March 15 9.30 -11am 82 Shore Rd, Remuera Saint Kentigern School for Girls - Corran March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern Preschool March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern College March 2 9.30 -12pm 130 Pakuranga Rd Coup for Mangere U By ALAN APTED And it's open: Mayor Len Brown helps children from the Centre Park Sports Association family open the club's long-awaited new clubhouse and pavilion. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK Goal! Mangere United Foot- ball Club has scored the ulti- mate endorsement for its brand-new clubhouse and pavilion. It s netted the Oceania qualifying matches for the FIFA under-20 World Cup ahead of North Harbour Stadium. The coup was announced by Oceania Football chief executive Tai Nicholas at the opening of the new $2 million sports facility at Centre Park. Auckland mayor Len Brown officially opened the two-storey, 650-seat pavilion and clubhouse on Saturday. Executives from Auckland Football Federation, the New Zealand Football Federation, Oceania Football and FIFA were among dignitaries at the opening, along with more than 300 people celebrating a new era for football in south Auckland. The new facility will be run by the Centre Park Sports Association, an amalgama- tion of Mangere United and the New Zealand Fiji Football Federation. It replaces the old wooden building that was so badly damaged by fire in Sept- ember 2005 that it had to be pulled down. The FIFA tournament opens on April 20 and will feature teams including New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomons, Tuvalu and American Samoa. Two games will be played each day and the finals will be staged on April 30. The win- ner will go to the FIFA World Cup in Columbia in August. Nicolas says south Auck- land s strong Pacific links won it the bid. In the past, people were having to travel to North Harbour and Henderson where we traditionally have had the tournament with local spectator turnout. This will also be great for the local economy because the teams will be staying in local hotels. We ve got sponsorship to the tune of $100,000 and we will be able to engage the local schools. They can adopt a team and be part of the tournament as a whole. There is an issue with the field but we are going to get some field experts in to see if we can get the field up to international standard. Centre Park Sports Associ- ation chairman Mohammed Imran says the association, its members and supporters are still pinching themselves about the World Cup news. It s great news to have a body like FIFA and Oceania Football get involved with us so soon after opening, he says. For the future develop- ment of the stadium it means that maybe at last we get a world-class football facility in this region. Imran says Centre Park put its hand up to host the tournament last year. We knew they were look- ing for a place. But because we didn t know when our stadium was going to be ready we couldn t commit. But once we came closer to knowing it was all done we were able to tell them we were ready. The deal was decided last Friday after Oceania s final inspection of the facilities. Imran says the association will be seeking the help of specialists from the Auckland Council s parks departments to make sure the grounds are up to international standard ahead of the tournament. Work will start on Sunday at the end of the 10-team $15,000 football tournament being held to mark the pavilion s opening. It starts tomorrow. More plans for Centre Park P23 Go to www.manu kaucourier.co.nz to hear Oceania Football chief executive Tai Nicholas' announce- ment and Auckland Football chief executive David Parker talking of the tough times Mangere United has overcome.
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