Sport

Bell Block has a wide variety of sporting venues and clubs.

Cycling: Taranaki’s only velodrome will be built on land adjacent to Hickford Park. The Taranaki Velodrome Trust was established in 2006 to ensure the construction of the new velodrome as well as a closed road circuit. One of the features of the new cycle park will be public access via the coastal walkway. The velodrome will be open to public use, but will still be of an international standard, capable of hosting national and international cycling events. It promises to be a source of local pride for years to come.

Horse Racing: John Wheeler is a well known local horse trainer, infact he was recently inducted into Horse racing’s Hall of Fame. You may have heard of some of his horses, they include Rough Habit, Veandercross and Poetic Prince. “Wheeler is viewed by industry insiders as a trailblazer among the ranks of trainers, particularly for the success he has had beating the Australians on their home turf. (1.)” Peter Fleming, Robert Patterson and Bryce Revell are also local horse trainers. (1. http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/sport/3411662/Wheeler-humbled-by-honour)

Rugby: Bell Block has its own rugby club, the Bell Block Rugby Club play at Hickford Park. In 2011 they played in the Senior 3rd Division.

Cricket: Bell Block Cricket Club is situated at 11A Jade Place, Bell Block

Football: Peringa United represents Bell Block soccer, the club was created when Bell Block and Fitzroy Football Clubs merged in 1996. They are a large club, and play at Peringa Park, they have also been very successful in recent years winning the Central Football Western League in 2010. Bell Block United still play as a seperate club at a junior level. Their game are played at Bell Block School.

Rugby League: Bell Block-Marist is a well known Rugby League club. They compete in the Western and Central League. They compete against teams from around Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu at Hickford Park.

Lawn Bowls: Bell Block is centrally located within easy reach of 3 prominent Lawn Bowls clubs. These are Smart Road Bowling Club at 185 Smart Road, New Plymouth, Lepperton Bowling Club in Lepperton at 534 Manutahi Road, and Fitzroy Bowling Club at 1a Baring Terrace, Strandon, New Plymouth

Golf: New Plymouth Golf Course is situated between New Plymouth and Bell Block. It is also known as Ngamotu Golf Course. It has held many prestigious tournaments over the years, including the New Zealand Open on four occasions. It has a golf shop, bar, and can hold private functions. The club was first established in 1893.

Motorsport: The New Plymouth Rodders Club has its clubrooms in Bell Block, on De Havilland Drive. Every year they hold a drag racing event in Bell Block. The drags have a strong local following and have been running since the early ’80s. They draw 100 racers from around the North Island, to Taranaki. More than 2500 people usually turn up to watch the cars race. The Lakota motorcycle club is situated in Bell Block.

Softball: Bell Block has also a very good Softball club, they excelled recently by winning the Womens Taranaki Softball Championiship’s. They are known locally as the Bell Block Bustas

Netball: Bell Block Bears represent Bell Block in junior levels of Netball. There is a proposed development of new netball courts at land near Hickford Park, to replace the existing main courts at Waiwakaiho.

Bell Block Hall: Bell Block Hall is one of the largest urban halls in New Plymouth District. It is well equipped with two badminton courts, a basketball hoop, stage, toilets, store, supper room, upstairs viewing gallery and foyer. The changing rooms have showers and the kitchen has an oven and other cooking facilities. Capacity is 500 with tables and seating for 200 people. Gas heating.

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