John Kerkhof Park | Cambridge FC

John Kerkhof Park – Brief Information about This Venue

Cambridge FC New Zealand venue

The ground in 2016 was the training base and home ground for WaiBop team during the National Women’s League. During this time, it hosted three NWL games in 2016 and 2017. Vogel Street grounds are owned by the Waipa District Council. The council leases the grounds to Cambridge Football Club for a long-term basis.

These grounds comprise of a premium pitch which is usually used for first-team matches as well as feature games like the national league fixtures. There are up to 25 pitches which are used for both senior and junior games.

In case of major games, volunteer workers usually erect a mini-stadium using short-term grandstands and seats. The mini stadium can accommodate for up to 1200 spectators and approximately 600 people seated.

The Venue’s Brief History

Cambridge Football Club has been playing at the John Kerkhof Park since 1967. The ground was named John Kerkhof Park in remembrance of a Dutch immigrant, John Kerkhof Park who settled in Cambridge. The immigrant together with other members of the Kerkhof family set up the ground’s club as well as the changing room facilities that still continue to be in use to date.

In 2018, there was a tornado which severely destroyed the clubrooms. The clubroom’s roof, walls, and windows had to be repaired the same year. Two years later Cambridge Sevens games match for men and women would be played in the grounds for the first time. The tournament drew seven-a-side football teams throughout the North Island of New Zealand. These events have since then been held annually during the late summer.

Cambridge FC in 2012 announced that the grounds would henceforth be the home base for its baseball club. However, this was later discontinued two years down the line when this team became inactive. The next year, in 2013 the football club and the Cambridge Harriers and Athletics Club, got into a partnership. The partnership enabled the football club to play its matches at the athletics track that is just adjacent, meanwhile as John Kerkhof Park development was underway.

Later in the year, the park was used to host a number of notable football events regionally. These events led the park to be the ground of choice for the national league football for up to five ASB Premiership fixtures. Cambridge FC in 2014 announced that it would put up an additional building worth $200,000. This would provide an additional six changing rooms to be used at the venue. In 2013, 16 and 17 the grounds would host the football finals for Soccer Shop Waikato Cup and Plate.