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New-look online directory to help get locals active

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Finding a fun and cost-effective way to get active and involved in the community has never been easier with the development of Play in the Bay’s new and improved online Activity Directory.

The Get Involved Activity Directory is a free, easy to use resource, supplied by Sport Bay of Plenty’s Play in the Bay initiative, which is designed to connect the community with low-cost recreational activities in their area – from water sports and running clubs, to Zumba, martial arts and more.

Previously, the Get Involved Activity Directory has been available to the public predominately in the form of a conveniently sized booklet. However Sport Bay of Plenty has since developed its website to be a more efficient online resource, which included an upgrade of the Get Involved Activity Directory into an accessible online tool.

It’s a win-win for the public and local activity providers: It’s easy for organisations and groups to add their activities to the directory, and equally user-friendly for members of the public looking for a new recreational hobby to get involved in.

Sport Bay of Plenty Recreation Team Leader Sonia Lynds says one of the biggest changes is the addition of a Favourites function, where users can save their top picks to be viewed at their leisure.

“The Favourites tool enables you to browse through the various activities on offer, select your top picks and collate all your favourite activities in one place. From there, you can refer to the list and compare your options and even print off at your convenience.”

The development of this new and improved digital tool is part of Sport Bay of Plenty’s strategic focus areas for 2017-2021, whereby the organisation is working to ensure there is a positive relationship between technology and the Bay of Plenty people to achieve their sport and recreation goals.

“Improving the functionality of the Activity Directory has made it an essential tool for members of the public looking to find new and exciting local recreational activities,” says Sonia.

“One of the goals of our Play in the Bay initiative is to remove any barriers that hinder the public from accessing physical activity opportunities, and we see this digital directory as valuable asset in the community.

“We’re also committed to better connecting our providers with the public – there are so many great organisations and groups out there, each one offering something for our community to get involved in. The key is to be able to find these gems, and our Activity Directory is just the resource the Bay of Plenty people need to enable this discovery to happen.”

The 2017-2018 Activity Directory is also available in printed form at all Sport Bay of Plenty offices, local community centres, selected sporting venues and libraries.

Click here to view the online directory or to add/amend your group’s classes and activities.

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