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Unreal Grass Kids Zone construction takes shape

on Thursday, 08 August 2019. Posted in Turbos News

Unreal Grass Kids Zone construction takes shape

The Manawatu Turbos’ first game of the season against Hawke’s Bay on Sunday will also see the launch of the Unreal Grass Kids’ Zone at Central Energy Trust Arena.

The new area at the Waldegrave St end of the field has been established to give kids an interactive area to play while still being able to watch the game.

Seating at the end of the ground was removed in July with Unreal Grass laying artificial turf on the site and Scafit installing safety railings and a netted area so kids can kick and pass a ball.

Palmerston North City Council have come on board with a free barbecue for children in the hour before kick-off at game one.

And the Manawatu Rugby Union is giving away free Manawatu Junior Academy t-shirts to the first 50 children to get to the interactive area.

MRU chief executive Shannon Paku hoped the Unreal Grass Kids’ Zone would excite

“Coming to Turbos games should not just be about the action on the pitch,” Paku said. “We wanted to ensure that their is plenty to keep the kids entertained and we are lucky to have Unreal Grass and Scafit who have come onboard to help us transform the area into something special.”

The Unreal Grass Kids’ Zone continues the MRU’s focus on making Turbos games more accessible and entertaining for children and follows on from the decision to make all general admission children’s tickets free in 2019.

Paku said they wanted to ensure that all children were given the opportunity to watch Turbos games.

“Watching your provincial rugby team play is a rite of passage when growing up in New Zealand so this is an opportunity for us to ensure Manawatu children have that chance without putting a financial burden on their families.”

Paku has memories of watching top level rugby as a child before going to have an impressive professional career including being part of the Super Rugby champion Blues in 2003 and a regular in the Hurricanes in the mid-2000s.

“As a child, watching my childhood rugby heroes playing at our local ground meant I felt part of the team and feed my desire to one day be as good as them."