As Auckland’s population grows and diversifies, we will need to maintain and improve our existing sport and recreation assets, and create new ones in areas where the city is expanding.
But in a world of scarce resources it is essential that we invest in the spaces and places where current and future need can be demonstrated, where the place of the facility in an overall network of provision is clear, where the linkage to broader plans for sports is established, and where future operating models are sustainable.
Investors, including Auckland Council on behalf of its ratepayers, want to be sure their money is being spent wisely – on projects that will genuinely enable greater numbers of Aucklanders to be physically active, in an easily-accessible network of fit-for purpose facilities
Following a detailed consultation process, the sport and recreation sector itself developed an important framework, the Auckland Sports Sector:Facilities Priority Plan. Collectively, the sector identified the parameters that help sort evidence-based, workable and ready-to-go facility projects from those merely on a pie-in-the-sky future wish-list.
Aktive, on behalf of the sector, will bring together at regular intervals projects to be examined by an independent panel of experienced sports professionals, using the parameters clearly identified and agreed by the sector in the ASS:FPP.
The advice resulting will be available to sports and bodies working through their projects if further work is needed to more closely meet the parameters; and investors will have a further reassurance that good-quality work has been done to demonstrate a need, and to build a sound case for their funding.
One round of projects has already been considered by the panel in November 2018 with views circulated to funders and back to the projects themselves. Five projects were assessed as being ready to go and endorsed as priorities. You can read about those five projects here.
Projects likely to be seeking Auckland Council and third party funding support are encouraged to use the ASS:FPP process, by completing the Project Synopsis, and submitting it to Aktive, who are administrators for the Assessment Panel and Process. Projects can be submitted at any time, but the next round will have a closing date of 5 April 2019.
If you have any queries re the ASS:FPP, the plan, the parameters, or the process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.