Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre part-owners Kevin and Leah Ala-Outinen polish up trophies for winning teams this year.
Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre part-owners Kevin and Leah Ala-Outinen polish up trophies for winning teams this year. Claudia Baxter

New owners take over indoor centre

WORLD Cup-winning indoor cricket coach Kevin Ala-Outinen has tried a range of jobs over many years playing sport.

His diverse experience includes being a health and safety officer, time in the construction industry, running a small trucking company and working for an IT company.

However, he seems to have found the place he wants to be at – the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre.

Ala-Outinen, 45, said having three couples secure ownership of the six-court facility last May was a positive move after years of friendship through playing and coaching.

“It works pretty well. Everybody chips in at different times,” Ala-Outinen said.

“I coached Glynn (Knox) when he first started playing so I’ve known him for a good 20 years.

“And I’ve watched Darren (Lehmann) play when he first started.

“We’ve all been pretty good friends and the wives (Leah, Sharon and Kym) all get along well so that’s another bonus.”

Yamanto-based couple Leah and Kevin work full-time at the indoor complex. Glynn and Darren regularly help out on night shifts while Kym looks after accountancy matters and Sharon works when she can.

The Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre name will remain under the new owners’ control.

“That’s always what it’s been so we don’t want to fix anything that’s not broken,” Ala-Outinen said.

“We inherited a good strong business (from former owners Greg Donnelly, Anthony Breeze and Roy Shephard-Ashby) and we’d just like to maintain it.”

Despite the nearby Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club facing a move to Bundamba in the next few years and ongoing talk of what might happen at the Ipswich Showgrounds, Ala-Outinen said it was business as usual.

“It’s a fantastic spot,” he said.

“We’re hoping to be here for years to come.”

The Australian over-30 men’s coach is excited about what is being offered at the indoor facility.



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