Hit for six: West Auckland sports clubs funding win

Last Updated : 15 Sep 2023
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Two Waitākere sports clubs have received a combined $70,000 funding boost from Auckland Council’s Sport and Recreation Facilities Investment Fund.

The allocation from the Fund was approved by Auckland Council’s Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on 7 September.

With $13 million awarded to organisations across the city, Titirangi Tennis and Squash Club will receive $50,000 for refurbishing their squash courts, while Waitākere Cricket Club will receive $20,000 to progress the indoor nets proposal at Peninsula Park.

Waitākere Ward Councillor Shane Henderson says the investment in West Auckland is great news and he’s proud to advocate for the two clubs.

“Congratulations to both clubs! I’m thrilled to see the allocation approved by the Committee. Investment in our sports and recreational facilities is strongly needed. With the current increase in high density housing in Waitākere, this funding boost is timely and will benefit all our community.

“As a sports fan myself I know how important good quality facilities are to encourage and retain participation, especially for local squash and cricket lovers.

“I’d also like to thank both clubs for laying out the case for the facilities—it is they who should really take the credit. I’m proud to advocate this for our community along with Councillor Ken Turner and the local boards.”

Henderson-Massey Local Board chair Chris Carter says: “We’re delighted to receive this fantastic news and want to thank the two councillors and the Governing Body for supporting this initiative.

“Waitākere Cricket Club is prioritised in the Henderson-Massey Sport and Recreation Plan adopted by the board last month. They proposed a multipurpose indoor facility that allows all-year training. We’re now carrying out a feasibility study to determine the need and cost.

We’re pleased to see the funding from council and want to give a big shoutout to the Waitākere Cricket Club for making the sport available for wider community participation.”

18 organisations across Auckland received $13,040,000 of funding this year. These recipients were chosen by the independent assessment panel from a total group of 47 applicants.

Next funding round 2024/2025

Stage 1 applications for the 2024/2025 funding round are due to open in November 2023. Auckland Council encourages sport and recreation organisations to read the funding guidelines PDF to understand whether they could be eligible to apply.

To discuss your proposal and to initiate the application process, please contact sportandrecreation@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Visit the council’s website for more information about the fund.

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