The East City Community Trust (ECCT) is a New Zealand charity. While the current trust was registered in 2008, it commenced operation in the early 1980s with the purpose of operating the then Chase Stadium. The Trust aims to provide quality, multi-purpose facilities that are accessible and affordable to the local schools and community, along with national and international events.
Its Board of Trustees are made up of up to five stakeholders of the Trust;
One is appointed by the Board of Trustees of Selwyn College
One is appointed by the local Auckland Council (Orakei Ward)
One is appointed by the Stadium's sports clubs
The remaining to may be appointed by unanimous decision by the previous three trustees
On a day-to-day basis at the Stadium, the Trust facilitates a wide range of community sports clubs, as well as the Kohi Learning Centre - an Early Childhood Education provider. Selwyn College also has regular use of the Stadium for their P.E. sessions.
The Stadium also accommodates the Kohi Physio and Fitness Gym, and Magnificent Kids - an afterschool programme, who are both tenants that operate out of the Stadium's facility.
Each month there are large-scale community events that are hosted by the Stadium, including sporting events, concerts, weddings, expos and more. One major event that is the annual Great Auckland Bargain Book fair (GABBS), which sells thousands of second-hand books and puzzles.
The Trust works to support the community through free heavily discounted hirage of the Stadium venue for certain local community groups and charities. In the past, the Stadium has also been a collection centre for Cadbury's 'Donate Your Kit' campaign.
Capable of hosting up to 3700 pax, planning for the proposed 'East City Stadium' started in 1981 - an idea brought to life by the Principal of Selwyn College and the school's Head of Physical Education and Sports. This idea stemmed from the need for additional indoor teaching spaces so that Selwyn College's P.E. programme could be expanded. General lack of indoor facilities existed for youth and community sports in the Eastern Suburbs, so the Selwyn College Sports Department rallied parents to develop a space suitable for the school and community.
The first public meeting about this idea was in March 1983. The first design brief was a space that was only 25m x 30m plus changing rooms, and has expanded into the immense international facility that was used to accommodate the 1990 Commonwealth Games Gymnastics, and was 45m x 30m.
The Stadium is purpose built for flexibility and variety of use. Successful events that have been hosted at the Stadium include;
1990 Commonwealth Games
Russian Olympics team display
World artistic roller-skating championships
International tennis tournaments
National and international basketball & netball
NZ volleyball championships
NZ squash championships
Company shareholder meetings
Original plans and diagrams included many facilities that did not make it into the final version of the Stadium, due to financial constraints of the Trust. These included an Olympic outdoor running track and an indoor jacuzzi and pool.
1989 marked the completion of the 'Chase Stadium'. Since then, the Stadium has taken on many identities, including the 'ASB Stadium' from 1987 to 2017, and most recently, the 'Barfoot & Thompson Stadium' from 2018.
Today, the Barfoot and Thompson Stadium is Auckland's premier indoor facility that is the home of community events in the Eastern Suburbs. The Stadium also has several amenities, including corporate hospitality boxes, lounges, meeting spaces, a smaller gymnasium, an onsite fitness gym and a children's learning centre.
Barfoot & Thompson Stadium is administered under a Trust Deed by a Board of Trustees. The East City Community Trust is a fully constituted Charitable Trust made up of three members namely:
Selwyn College (Ministry of Education)
Barfoot & Thompson Stadium Sports Club
Our current Trustees are: Sheryll Ofner (Chairperson) – Principal of Selwyn College David Broadhead (Trustee) – Barfoot & Thompson Stadium Sports Clubs David Wong (Trustee) – Community representative from the Local Orakei Board