Centre reaches out to area
TWEED Super Sports Chinderah is going through one of its biggest reincarnations thanks to new management.
The centre is engaging with the community like never before with corporate, disabled and youth-oriented competitions making it accessible to everyone who needed to keep active.
Centre manager Simone Millar expressed appreciation to centre owners Tweed-Coolangatta Church of Christ for their leadership.
“We’re looking to set up an aged-care and disabled competition,” Ms Millar said.
“We’re forming groups for them so they can come down and work off some steam.
“We’re also hoping to set up a corporate competition and a Lifeball competition, which is kind of like an older persons’ version of netball.
“It’s fantastic and the older customers just love it.”
Management team leader Scott Kennedy said the centre was also more accommodating of schools, running competitions based on school terms.
“We have also started a number of community programs including one with the Tweed Valley Respite Centre,” Mr Kennedy said.
“We’re speaking with (Tweed MP) Geoff Provest about driving the disabled program into the future.”
He echoed Ms Millar’s policy of getting youth of the area involved and off the streets.
“We just started our cricket competition and we’re looking at spearheading an afternoon junior inter-club cricket competition.
“We’ll get the outdoor clubs to put in rep sides and we’re already running inter-club soccer on Thursday and Sunday.”
Ms Millar said she had been with the centre for more than 14 years.
“At the moment it’s in the best shape it has ever been,” she said.
She said the centre had closed in 2001, re-opened in 2004 and had been through a few owners since then.
“Our aim is to develop a centre for youth within the area and to re-educate the Chinderah-Kingscliff youth, because there’s not a lot for them to do here.
“We’re looking outside the box, and it’s a very positive atmosphere.”
Mr Kennedy said the centre was looking for a far-greater community profile and to engage with the community and other clubs.
“The new owners, Tweed-Coolangatta Church of Christ, have had the centre for about 18 months, and they bought it with the idea of engaging with the community.”
Ms Millar said between the Church of Christ’s ownership, Mr Kennedy’s leadership and her ground-zero management, the centre was on the way up.