MainPower continue a strong relationship with the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust by sponsoring the trust's new hockey turf on Coldstream Road in Rangiora.
The facility, built by the Waimakariri District Council 18 months ago, will now be called MainPower Hockey Turf, and will continue to be home to the two local hockey clubs as well as hosting a variety of competition fixtures, club and rep trainings, and coaching clinics.
NCSRT CEO Michael Sharpe said MainPower's sponsorship of the world-class turf would help further the development of hockey in North Canterbury at all age levels.
Hockey has continued to grow in recent years across the region, with the Rangiora Hockey Club and Hinemoa-Kaiapoi Hockey Club fielding well over 30 teams in the local Canterbury winter competition, along with expanding local school and club competitions.
Canterbury's most northern full-size turf is also allowing players from as far away as Rotherham in the Hurunui district to join Rangiora-based teams, as it reduces their travel time.
The NCSRT manages the MainPower Hockey Turf on behalf of the WDC, and organises local hockey competitions and coaching for primary school age children both during and after school time through the year.
For North Canterbury electricity distributors MainPower, the sponsorship continues a proud association with North Canterbury sport, which includes sponsorship of the local cricket oval as well as support of the MainPower NCSRT Primary School Sports Coaching programme, the MainPower Waiswim primary school swimming programme and the MainPower North Canterbury Sports Awards and Youth Sport Scholarships.
MainPower CEO Andy Lester said sport was about more than just physical ability.
"Being involved in sport from a young age gives people a range of leadership and teamwork skills, which are carried into adulthood.
"Supporting the growth of sports in the region through our sponsorship programme is one of the best ways MainPower can give back to our community."