The Central Coast Adventist School (CCAS) celebrated the opening of its new $3.2 million Sport Centre. Ms Deborah O’Neill MP, Federal Member for Robertson, officially opened the facility with the unveiling of a plaque.
School education needs to be a wholistic experience, where students develop their mind and bodies, and this world-class new facility will do just that
Ms Deborah O’Neill (Federal Member for Robertson) and Mr Dean Bennetts (CCAS Principal) unveil the plaque
CCAS is a Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, co-educational school on the Central Coast of NSW with an enrolment of over 900 students in 2011.
The Sport Centre features two full sized basketball courts with one a feature court for basketball and another that is marked out for a range of sports. Further stages will be added in the coming years to include classrooms, home and visitor change rooms, bathroom facilities, presentation rooms, tiered seating and a third playing court plus an entry foyer, a commercial kitchen and conference room.
Court 1 floor surface marked for basketball
The majority of the funding for the first stage of the Sport Centre came from a $2.5 million grant through the Federal Government’s “Building the Education Revolution” program.
“I want to congratulate the Central Coast Adventist School community for coming together to support the BER Program and this wonderful new facility,” said Ms O’Neill. “School education needs to be a wholistic experience, where students develop their mind and bodies, and this world-class new facility will do just that.”
Front of the Sport Centre
Mr Ralph Luchow, executive director of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, NNSW Conference said,
“I would like to commend the principal, school council and school community for the wise use of their BER funding to not only provide opportunities for a quality education experience for students, but to be inclusive of the needs in their local community.”
“We are truly blessed to have a facility such as this,” said CCAS principal, Mr Dean Bennetts. “The opportunities that it will provide for students and the community, both now and into the future, are incredibly exciting.”
CCAS has had a long history of supporting basketball on the Central Coast. A partnership with Gosford City Basketball began in the early 1970’s when they started using the Naomi Frew Memorial Hall prior to the construction of their stadium in Terrigal. This tradition continues with a partnership between the school and the Central Coast Academy of Sport who have based their basketball program at CCAS.
Invited guests watch the showcase basketball game following the opening
“I welcome the partnership between the Central Coast Adventist School’s Sport Centre and the Central Coast Academy of Sport. By working together, I know that we can create new opportunities for our local sporting youth and will bring home great sporting achievement,” Ms O’Neill said of the relationship between CCAS and the Central Coast Academy of Sport.