All you need to know about John Kerkhof Park

John Kerkhof Park has been the home of Cambridge Football Club since 1967.

It is the all-year home of Cambridge FC who compete in Northern League after winning promotion for the 2018 season.

The ground was also the training base and home ground for WaiBOP United between 2013 and 2015 when they played in New Zealand’s highest level domestic competition, the ASB Premiership.

In 2016, it became the training base and home ground for the WaiBOP team in New Zealand’s National Women’s League, hosting three NWL games in both 2016 and 2017.

The grounds in Vogel Street, Cambridge, are owned by the Waipa District Council which leases them to Cambridge FC on a long-term basis.

They consist of a premium pitch used for first team matches and feature games such as national league fixtures, and 25 pitches used for senior and junior games.

For major games, volunteer workers erect a mini-stadium using temporary grandstands and seating, providing a ground capacity for up to about 1,200 spectators, with seating for about 600.

Venue history

Cambridge FC was founded in 1948 and has played at John Kerkhof Park since 1967.

It was named after John Kerkhof, a Dutch immigrant who settled in Cambridge and who with other members of the Kerkhof family built the ground’s club and changing room facilities still used today.

In 2008, a tornado caused severe damage to the clubrooms, requiring repairs to the roof, windows and walls.

In 2010, the Cambridge Sevens tournaments for men and women were held for the first time, drawing seven-a-side football teams from around the North Island of New Zealand. The events have since been held annually in late summer.

In 2012, Cambridge FC announced that John Kerkhof Park would become the home base for Cambridge Baseball Club. This was discontinued in 2014 when the baseball club became inactive.

In 2013, Cambridge FC and the neighbouring Cambridge Harriers and Athletics Club began a partnership, enabling the football club to play some games at the adjacent athletics track while it developed John Kerkhof Park.

In 2013, John Kerkhof Park was used to host a series of regionally significant football events including the Soccer Shop Waikato Cup and Plate Finals, an All Stars game between Waikato and Bay of Plenty and an All Stars game for top women’s players in the region. This led to the appointment of the venue as the home of national league football for five ASB Premiership fixtures.

In 2014, Cambridge FC announced it would construct an additional building at a cost of $200,000 to provide six more changing rooms for use at the venue.

In 2016, with its new changing facilities operational, the club set a new club record by hosting six senior competition matches in a single day.

John Kerkhof Park was the venue for the finals of the Soccer Shop Waikato Cup and Plate in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

Junior pitches

Here’s our guide to our junior pitches which are located at the northern end of Vogel St:

Reminder to visitors

John Kerkhof Park is smoke-free and Waipa District Council bylaws forbid dog owners from taking their pets to the park.

Golfers are also not allowed to practise on the park for safety reasons.

How to find us

John Kerkhof Park is in Vogel St, Cambridge, Waipa 3434.

 

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