Funding for 8 sports projects to get Aucklanders moving

Publish Date : 08 May 2018

Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee has approved the allocation of $508,000 in funding from the 2018/2019 Regional Sport and Recreation Grants Programme.

Councillor Penny Hulse, who chairs the committee, says 28 applications were received and eight were approved.

“The eight successful projects will encourage Aucklanders to be more active, more often,” she says.

“Aucklanders from all walks of life, participating in many different sports, will benefit from this funding over the next year.”

About the projects:

  • Auckland Basketball Services Ltd ($55,000): The Freeballers project uses outdoor basketball spaces to increase junior participation in outdoor parks, playgrounds and schools.
  • Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind ($15,000): The Blind Foundation’s Community Life Enrichment programme includes partnering with other disability groups, increasing accessibility to local clubs and groups, increasing confidence in activities and improving youth leadership.
  • John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation ($200,000): Operational support for seven programmes including Community Swim, Primary Sport, BLENNZ Sport, Youth Leadership Programme, Run, Jump and Throw for Gold, Throw for Gold/Lift for Gold West and Lift for Gold South.
  • Auckland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association ($23,000): Activities for youth and access to events and games. The project includes a kids club for 5- to 11-year-olds to develop basic sport skills and a youth club for 12- to 17-years-olds to develop leadership skills through outdoor recreation.
  • Netball Northern ($65,000): The Junior Netball Programme (FutureFERNS) will work with 15 netball sites to provide quality junior netball opportunities, coaching workshops, skill development and professional development for teachers.
  • Aktive – He Oranga Poutama ($60,000): This project includes two main projects for Māori and non- Māori: Youth leadership (He Manukura Apuarangi) and Pouwhakahaere Karapu Māori – building capacity of Māori sports organisations.
  • Aktive – ActivAsian ($50,000): This project increases the hours of four part-time ActivAsian Community Coordinators across four Auckland Regional sports Trusts/partners to deliver the ActivAsian Volunteer Programme.
  • Hockey New Zealand ($40,000): Contribution to the wider-Auckland regional hockey participation programme, including Small Sticks, winter and summer hockey and the pilot Sikh community programme.
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