The goal has been set – “let’s make Auckland the world’s most active city”.
That’s the intent behind Aktive – the Auckland Sport & Recreation Charitable Trust which is focusing on achieving community wellbeing and increased participation through sport and recreation.
“Aktive, and its four local Regional Sports Trust partners, are working together towards a shared ‘most active city’ vision. Foundation North’s grant is helping us to bring to life a wide range of community development initiatives. These are touching and enriching the lives of thousands of children and adults across the region. The funding also helps towards developing the skills and confidence of entry-level coaches, along with revitalising traditional Māori recreation and sport. As well, Asian communities are being helped to be more active, and secondary school sports teams are being taught the principles of leadership.”
One of those examples is the Greater Auckland Aquatic Action Plan which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of free “learn to swim and survive” lessons being delivered to children in low-decile schools across Auckland.