Club History: part 2 of 3
This posed another problem of grounds to accommodate all these teams. As the only ground available was at Tikipunga Primary School of junior size some heavy lobbying of council was instigated and resulted in a temporary area being made available on vacant land opposite where the tavern is now. This provided two full size fields and the school kindly provided another junior field, so although the land was leased by council, it gave some respite for games to be played at “home”. Various people involved in the club, including K Wyatt (Court Bailiff), D Small (Traffic Dept) and some local businessmen formed pressure groups representing Tikipunga residents. Hockey people and eventually when some rugby people came on the scene, this pressure and lobbying was carried out in an intense and prolonged manner which culminated in us acquiring the present day site at the Tikipunga Sports Park. Of course that laid the foundation for the ongoing survival of Tikipunga Soccer Club into the future and the club still retains a strong focus on the promotion and well-being of our junior players.
With particularly strong administration over those first ten years or so, and a team of very enthusiastic and willing fundraisers, a building fund was set up and plans put in place for our own clubrooms. With a renewed vigour and determination, all of this came to fruition, with the completion of the first stage of our clubrooms complex in 1983. This included changing and showering facilities with a small lounge and a commercially installed and fully licensed bar (again a first for a soccer club north of the harbour bridge). We now had a home and still competed very successfully in the local competitions over the next few years.
We’ve had our ups and downs as happens in Whangarei, with some losses of personnel and some gains, also over the years. A decision to extend and build a proper lounge and function room was made, and was duly completed and opened on St. Patrick ’s Day in 1998 with a wonderful social occasion. It must be acknowledges here and now, of the fantastic support and financial assistance given to our club by the ASB Charitable Trust, without which we would never have been able to achieve such a wonderful facility for the whole club to enjoy and use. The ASB Trust again provided us with generous funding to enable us to upgrade the original clubrooms area to a much more user friendly brighter place, and we are deeply indebted to them. We now have a very modern facility providing the necessary requirements for all of the members and an excellent venue for all sorts of functions.