The Counties Manukau independent KiwiSport Advisory Group is delighted to announce the outcome of the second round of 2018 KiwiSport funding, with over $325,000 offered to clubs, schools and sporting organisations across Counties Manukau. 

Independent Chair of the Group and Papakura lawyer Sue Styants says the process has been thorough and rewarding. 

The KiwiSport Local Fund is a contestable fund distributed to support regional and/or national sporting organisations for projects/initiatives that can provide new or increased organised sport opportunities for young people aged 5 to 18 years. Given the investment of public funds, all successful applicants communicate goals for their respective projects to the Advisory Group. 

This round of Counties Manukau KiwiSport funding saw $325,074.00 offered to Basketball Development Trust, Counties Manukau Badminton, Counties Manukau Rugby League, Counties Manukau Cricket, Counties Manukau Sport, Papatoetoe Olympic Weightlifting, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club and Papakura Netball.  

Ms Styants says: “As with our first round of 2018 funding, the calibre of the many and diverse applications was impressive, and all were given due and thorough consideration by the Advisory Group.  

“The focus of KiwiSport funding decisions is to identify projects and initiatives that provide new or increased organised sport opportunities for children. We anticipate that these projects will positively engage thousands of young people; an outstanding result for sports, schools and community organisations in Counties Manukau.” 

The Counties Manukau independent KiwiSport Advisory Group includes representatives from a cross section of organisations, including a number of Counties Manukau locals: Martin Devoy, Auckland Council; Tapuvakai Vea, Healthy Families; Maia Edwards, College Sport; Nardi Leonard, Principal, Jean Batten School; and Murray Lockwood, organised sport delegate, with Mrs Styants the Independent Chair of the Group. 

KiwiSport is a government funding initiative to promote sport for school-aged children. It aims to increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport, build the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children, and support children to develop skills that enable them to participate confidently in sport.  

Counties Manukau KiwiSport Local Fund round one 2019 dates: open 1 March 2019 with Expressions of Interest closing 18 April 2019 and applications closing 16 May 2019 (dates are subject to change).  

For more information visit http://aktive.org.nz/kiwisport/ or http://www.clmnz.co.nz/counties/kiwisport/.