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Sports Hub has key role in attracting national sports teams

A $27 MILLION vision is rapidly becoming reality, placing the Coast at the cutting edge of sports science and rehabilitation. The Sports Hub Sunshine Coast is taking shape at the head of Lake Kawana, in Bokarina. Its gym and sports-related facilities are expected to open in late-May and the accommodation mid-year. Sports Hub co-founder Clayton Williams said the facility was now 85 per cent leased.

A $27 MILLION vision is rapidly becoming reality, placing the Coast at the cutting edge of sports science and rehabilitation. The Sports Hub Sunshine Coast is taking shape at the head of Lake Kawana, in Bokarina. Its gym and sports-related facilities are expected to open in late-May and the accommodation mid-year. Sports Hub co-founder Clayton Williams said the facility was now 85 per cent leased.

"It will provide a state-of-the-art training, health, community and recovery centre, strategically located in the Kawana Sports Precinct,” Mr Williams said.

Among the tenants will be O2 Performance - an 1850sqm gym and allied health centre - renowned sports physio firm The Knee Joint, Physcially Active, Advanced Pain and Wellbeing, Delicious Clean Eats, Coastal Podiatry, Flow Cryo, Legacy Martial Arts and F45.

The purpose-built facility will help keep local athletes in the region, training and recovering.

Mr Williams said they also hoped to attract sports tourism and better utilise Sunshine Coast Stadium's seven ovals, the Kawana Aquatic Centre, the rowing course on Lake Kawana and new Aussie Rules ovals.

Eventually it will also be home to a licensed club, which will provide funds to Sunshine Coast rugby league and rugby union.

"We see that sports and health tourism will become a key part of the industry,” Mr Williams said.

"Our university hospital is the best in Australia. We already have teams and athletes wanting to come to the Sunshine Coast to recover.”

The facility will also provide accommodation, with 78 three-star rooms starting from $35 a night, as well as camp and conference facilities.

Mr Williams said the biggest challenge facing the new facility was making sure all stakeholders bought into the journey.

"The Sports Hub must have key stakeholders' support to enable the not-for-profit to strive to bring new technology to the Coast and continue to evolve to stay at the forefront of training, health and recovery,” he said.

"The Sports Hub will attract new teams and athletes to the Coast, aim to increase their stay and showcase the Kawana Sports Precinct and, hopefully, the upgraded Sunshine Coast Stadium.”

Mr Williams said the hub would improve the sustainability of the Sunshine Coast Falcons, which currently relies on about $400,000 a year in sponsorship and donations.

Mr Williams said it was tough for the club to compete with other Intrust Super Cup sides which had leagues clubs funnelling funding into the teams.

"We also have a dream that the Sports Hub will be able to provide funds to enable a Sunshine Coast rugby union team to compete in the Brisbane competition,” he said.

"The Sports Hub will provide a centre where our Coast youth can train, work with the best local health and fitness professionals and be pushed to be the best they can be.”

Mr Williams said the hub would also provide youth a lift-up when needed, with sports and mental health experts on hand.

Article Credit - Sunshine Coast Daily. Read the report here:
https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/sports-hub-has-key-role-in-attracting-national-spo/3713460/

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