Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Funding to kick start Auckland sports

It’s hoped a funding boost for sport and recreations organisations in the Auckland region will help them to kick start programs in the wake of pandemic pressure.

The Government has pledged $5.3 million to assist sporting bodies financially affected by the latest lockdown.

“The investment is being provided through Sport NZ from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced in Budget 2020,” Minister Grant Robertson said.

The new recovery investment is being made via existing Sport NZ partners and comprises:

  • Up to $3 million for Aktive Auckland Sport and Recreation to support local and regional sport and recreation organisations across the Auckland Region;
  • Up to $1.5 million for Recreation Aotearoa to support outdoor education providers experiencing reductions in revenue due to the cancellation of school-group activities at Alert Levels 3 and 4;
  • An additional $800,000 for Variety NZ to support tamariki and rangatahi in financial need through the existing Active Me – Kia Tū initiative.

“The cancellation of competitions and other fundraising events impact a significant source of income for clubs and regional bodies in the Auckland region.

“Much of this $5.3 million investment will help with fixed administration and operating costs to help organisations and providers remain viable.

“It will provide some much-needed financial assistance to clubs, regional bodies and whānau across the Auckland region so Aucklanders can continue to maintain their wellbeing through physical activity,” Mr Robertson said.      

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