Sports clubs get financial boost

Publish Date : 05 Dec 2023
Papatoetoe Tennis

Lighting renewals for the East Tamaki Domain Tennis Club, and netball and tennis court renewals at the Papatoetoe Rangers Netball Club and Papatoetoe Tennis Club have received a $50,000 boost.

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair Apulu Reece Autagavaia says the board has approved funding to the projects, identified as priorities in the board’s Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan.

“That plan was adopted in July to guide providing local sporting facilities.

“It does things like identify where the gaps are, and ultimately helps us decide where it is most important to spend money, so that the community benefits and we make the most of those funds.

"We set aside $50,000 for implementation of the plan by way of grants to community-led projects and we have identified these projects and asked for Papatoetoe Recreation Grounds court lighting to be included as a new priority in an updated projects list.”

The East Tamaki Domain Tennis Club grant is $22,860 with the Papatoetoe Rangers Netball Club and Papatoetoe Tennis Club receiving $27,140.

“We know we have an extremely diverse community that includes the second highest Pasifika population in Tāmaki Makaurau, and which is relatively young compared to the rest of Auckland,” Autagavaia says.
“It’s important we have the right mix of facilities in terms of type and location to meet our diverse needs,because we want our people to be fit, active and healthy.”

Papatoetoe Rec received a $2million grant for changing rooms this year from Council’s Planning, Environment and Parks Committee for a project expected to cost $2.6million and service rugby, cricket, and football.

Papatoetoe Rugby Club has already contributed $46,000 with further fundraising to be led by the Kolmar Charitable Trust.

The upgrade is expected to lift player numbers and mean more women taking part and making use of the new amenities.

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