Kiwisport Funding Announced in the BOP
Monday, February 11, 2013
Sport Bay of Plenty are delighted to announce the completion of its 2012/13 KiwiSport funding round allocating over $725,000 in grants to clubs, schools and sporting organisations throughout the region from the KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund.
Kiwisport is a government funding initiative to promote sport for school-aged children that was announced by the Prime Minister on 11 August, 2009 and after a successful three years it has been continued until 2015. The Regional Partnership Fund (RPF) is coordinated by Sport Bay of Plenty for use in Bay of Plenty communities on behalf of Sport NZ. The allocation is calculated on a per-capita basis based on the number of students in each region.
The Regional Partnership Fund has very specific purposes:
To increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport – during school, after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs;
To increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children to participate in organised sport; and
To support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in organised sport.
In this round of funding, Sport Bay of Plenty received 112 applications [a full list of applicants here]. All successful applicants are now working through confirming goals for the projects and all projects will be monitored by Sport Bay of Plenty.
Some Major Projects are:
Tauranga Hockey Association have received a total of $75,000 over a period of 3 years to deliver a range of programmes to school aged children 5-13 years of age through a cluster system. After a successful pilot in 2011/2012 the Association will now further develop their programmes.
Pongakawa School/ TECT Action Centre received $10,000 to go towards the purchase of equipment to fit out a new indoor facility TECT Pongakawa - The Action Centre. The Centre is currently under construction and will be a great asset to the wider community.
Futsal is coming to the Bay of Plenty region with the assistance of KiwiSport funding. Waikato Bay of Plenty Football has received $30,000 to provide opportunities for school aged children to participate in Futsal which is the only FIFA and NZ Football approved version of five-aside football and the world’s fastest growing indoor sport.
Some KickStart Projects are:
Te Wharekura O Ruatoki students can look forward to new athletics and softball equipment and members of the Opotiki Pony Club will have more coaching and support with both being successful in receiving funding for their projects.
Bay of Plenty Wheelchair Rugby received funding to go towards the repair of their equipment also to reduce costs for their members to participate.
The Fordland Community Trust will purchase sporting equipment to enable them deliver sporting opportunities to their community including basketball, netball and volleyball.
Rotorua Girls’ High school is introducing Speedminton to their students to encourage them to be active during their lunchtimes.
Te Puke Gymnastics have a growing membership and urgently needed more equipment to accommodate the growth.
Riding for the Disabled now can offer basic riding lessons to their members at a reduced cost with the Kiwisport funding received.
Sport Manager Megan Cleverley is delighted to be able to support so many initiatives “it is great to be able to coordinate this amount of investment into the Bay of Plenty Sporting community. Sport Bay of Plenty does not receive any administration costs to cover the coordination of the fund however we view it as an important service to our sports community and have guaranteed to provide this service at no cost to the fund” said Cleverley.
The next funding round will be held September 2013 with applications opening August.
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