Christchurch is to get a new $3.5 million high performance training base, fully funded by the government.
The new facility is being built on land which is part of the Jellie Park Recreation and Sports Centre complex, and athletes should be able to start using the new high performance centre from March next year.
Canterbury-based athletes have been lacking high performance training facilities following earthquake damage to the Centre of Excellence at QEII Park.
When completed, the high performance hub will include a gymnasium with cardio and weights areas, an indoor running straight, physiotherapy consulting rooms, medical consulting rooms, showers, recovery areas, an athlete lounge and office space for High Performance Sport New Zealand staff.
The indoor training area will include a full-size netball court, and this court will be available for the community when not being used by elite athletes.