World class Sikh Sports Complex opens in Auckland, available for use by all communities

The Sikh community was the team of five million in action.

The Sikh community in New Zealand has added another feather to its cap with the opening of a new multi-million dollar sports complex in South Auckland.

And the facilities of the New Zealand Sikh Sports Complex, situated just behind the gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Takanini are available for all to use, and not just members of the Sikh faith.

The world class complex, spread over 2.3 hectares (5.6 acres), was opened on Sunday by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

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..."The role that you have played as a community has been immense.

"When I first saw images of the work that was being done to provide food to the wider members of the Auckland community, and feeling like what I was seeing from the Sikh community was the team of five million in action.

"It warmed my heart so much. I want you to know I saw it, it moved me and it moved New Zealand."...

..."Today we're here opening seven international level fields and turfs that will allow people from all over Tamaki Makaurau, and all over Aotearoa New Zealand to be able to connect and engage in sport."

And because the facility features two water bores with treatment plants, the society has invited New Zealand Police to wash their vehicles at the complex while Auckland water restrictions are in place.

Supreme Sikh Society president Daljit Singh said the complex featured Fifa approved soccer field one could play hockey on as well.

"It also has basketball, netball and volleyball courts, four running tracks, two cricket pitches, kabaddi ground equipped with floodlights, in-built sound system, plus 200 car parks reserved for sports out of a total car of over 450, 10-metre high mesh fence, and two water bores with treatment plants."

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