Softball clubrooms to open

Southland Softball Association building project manager Noel Eade outside the new clubrooms at Surrey Park in Invercargill which are expected to be officially opened on Friday.

THE countdown is on for what will hopefully be the official opening of the Southland Softball Association (SSA) clubrooms tomorrow night.

SSA building project manager Noel Eade said yesterday the push was on in the final days and, all going well, a Certificate for Public Use would be issued by the Invercargill City Council in time for the opening.

The $1.8 million development includes a 560 sq m building which includes offices, kitchen, function room and changing rooms.

The building provides rooms for the eight softball clubs, who will use it in summer and Queen’s Park Football Club (QPFC), who will use it in winter.

The opening had been scheduled for this weekend as it was the finals of the softball season, he said.

“I think it’s important that at least the softball community gets a look at it and sees through it and that’s our last chance for that to happen because the next chance will be in five or six months time,” Eade said.

The building was funded with money from the Community Trust, ILT Foundation, Lotteries Commission and smaller funders as well as money fundraised by the softball fraternity and contributions from QPFC.

Many supporters and softball players and people connected with both the SSA and QPFC had contributed time and trades to help build the facility, he said.

An official opening would be held on Friday with members of the public invited to have a look at the clubrooms from 1pm on Saturday.