Amenities for work and play

by Andy Bryenton

Selwyn’s history is one of providing amenities to help rural and industrial growth take off. Having all of those experts in building and construction on hand has also meant it’s possible to create some civic amenities for something just as important — recreation and fun.

It’s a universal truth that those who work hard like to play hard, and the district has always had time to contest a sporting fixture with rivals and neighbours. Back in 1891, the Selwyn Rugby Football Club came into being, establishing a home at Glentunnel Domain. Since then, sporting and recreational facilities have sprung up across the network of towns that make up Selwyn.

A good example is the local aquatic centre, which provides the ability to swim year-round despite the weather out of doors. Another is that haven for petrolheads and horsepower enthusiasts, the Ellesmere Motor Racing Club, founded in 1969 and still delivering high-octane thrills for drivers and spectators alike.

With spring almost here, it’s a good time to take a look at your recreational options. Which is why ‘have a go’ day is the perfect opportunity to get out and about this month. On Sunday, August 25 West Melton Community Centre will showcase a range of sports and activities for you and the family to try, ahead of a fresh new spring season. Admission is free, with a range of games, challenges and sports coming out to recruit new fans. Try your hand (and feet) at badminton, basketball, softball, skateboarding, cricket and many more. Visitors can also fill their ‘have a go day’ passport with stamps to go in the draw to win prizes or sign up to compete in a junior highland games event.