Reserve push helps youths

Colac Secondary College PE teacher Martin Rieniets says his school’s sports programs benefit from use of Colac’s Central Reserve and he would like to see the ground’s facilities upgraded for all users. Mr Rieniets is pictured with Year Eight students, from left, Jordan Kunda, Nicholas Boylan, Jacob Sweeny, Justin Smart, Jayden Neale.

Colac Secondary College PE teacher Martin Rieniets says his school’s sports programs benefit from use of Colac’s Central Reserve and he would like to see the ground’s facilities upgraded for all users. Mr Rieniets is pictured with Year Eight students, from left, Jordan Kunda, Nicholas Boylan, Jacob Sweeny, Justin Smart, Jayden Neale.

A COLAC teacher has added his support to a push for State Government funding for Colac’s Central Reserve upgrade.

Colac Secondary College physical education teacher Martin Rieniets said his school relied on the sporting grounds regularly for sporting events and PE classes.

“The surface is fantastic, it’s so even, it’s the preferred surface for most things, for injury prevention for ankles and knees, we play soccer, hockey, lacrosse, all ball games – we come here for the space,” Mr Rieniets said.

“We used it pretty regularly most weeks until the weather went bad, most classes use it,” he said.

“We’re just starting to come back over here – it depends what unit we are doing – and we use it for sports carnivals.”

Mr Rieniets said Central Reserve would be a big part of the school’s sporting program for the next 12 months because of Bluewater Fitness Centre’s continued redevelopment.

But Mr Rieniets said the reserve’s surrounding facilities, including change rooms and toilets, needed upgrading to better serve the needs of Colac’s community. “Blind Freddie can see it’s not adequate for the amount of use for the community this surface can provide,” he said.

“We have girls’ changing rooms and male changing rooms in portables at the moment,” he said.

 

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