LOOKING AHEAD: Dylan Parbery at the Grafton Sports Centre. He is hoping for more activities at the centre in 2014.
LOOKING AHEAD: Dylan Parbery at the Grafton Sports Centre. He is hoping for more activities at the centre in 2014. Adam Hourigan

Sports centre looks for an even better year in 2014

BASKETBALL is one of the staple sports at the Grafton Sports Centre, but netball has overtaken it as one of the most popular.

Futsal is in its infancy but already boasting 17 teams, while the centre hosted its first round of roller derby earlier this year in front of 300 spectators.

Manager Dylan Parbery said he was happy with how the sports were progressing, but eyed an even bigger 2014.

"The basketball competition is going pretty well," Parbery said. "It's been similar numbers for the last two years. We've got about 23 teams across the A and B-grade men's and the combined A/B women's comp.

"There's actually more netball teams this term - they've got 26."

The slight difference in numbers is one area Parbery will target next year.

He said the social nature of the netball comp was most likely behind the numbers gain.

"I think the main draw of netball is the social aspect and that's something I think we can work on with basketball," Parbery said.

"Roller derby was well-received and they should be back next year, and we might even look to expand our mini skills program."

It is not just sport Parbery is looking to expand, after the centre successfully hosted several markets this year.

"It's not all about sport, so we will try to get a few more community-based events here," Parbery said.

"This isn't just a sporting venue, and we have room to hold markets and different events like that."

The biggest coup for 2014 is the popular science museum, which will set up an exhibition in June.



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