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$508,000 awarded to sport and recreation projects

Published: 13 June 2019

Thirteen organisations across Auckland will receive a combined $508,000 of operational funding as part of Auckland Council’s regional sport and recreation grants programme.

Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Environment and Community Committee that approved the grants this week, says “This region-wide investment aims particularly inspire younger Aucklanders to be more physically active and increase affordable and accessible opportunities to do so.

“We want Auckland to continue to be a place where our rangitahi are enabled to take part in sport and recreation.

"We expect the projects approved will result in over 115,000 people getting involved and most importantly having fun,” she says.

Grants approved:

  • John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation - $200,000 for Community Swim, fast-moving water WERO programme, Primary Sport, BLENNZ Sport, Youth Leadership Programme, Run/Jump & Throw for Gold, Lift for Gold West/South, and secondary schools water safety initiative
  • Auckland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association - $18,100 for Junior Disability Sport Inclusion and Diversity programme
  • Tuileapa Youth Mentoring Services - $14,900 for a youth basketball programme
  • Blind Sport New Zealand Incorporated - $ 10,000 for multi-sport kid’s clubs for blind and low vision youth
  • Bowls New Zealand Incorporated - $10,000 for Barefoot Bowls
  • North Harbour Softball Association - $18,000 Game Development Programme
  • Aktive – Greater Auckland Aquatic Action Plan $40,000 for Water Skills for Life swimming lessons
  • Aktive – He Oranga Poutama $45,000 for Pouwhakahaere Karapu Māori - building capacity of Māori sports organisations
  • Hockey New Zealand $20,000 for Junior participation programmes
  • Community Leisure Management $25,000 Active Youth Wellness
  • Netball Northern $55,000 for Junior Netball
  • New Zealand Golf $30,000 for Futures golf
  • Manukau Auckland Volleyball $22,000 for Volleyball for fun

Funding will primarily be used for coaching and staff, venue hire, administration costs and equipment.

The Auckland Council Regional Sport and Recreation Grants Programme has been running for four years and has over this time allocated 28 regional grants and distributed over $2 million. 

More information about the successful projects can be found here.

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