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Sports and Recreation Organizations Supported for COVID-19 Recovery

National sport and recreation organizations are supported to help recover and operate successfully following the impact of COVID-19.

The $30 million in funding announced today for the Strengthening and Adapting National Partners Program is part of the $264.6 million Sport Recovery Program in Budget 2020.

“This investment enables national bodies to future-proof their organizations and networks. They receive expert advice for research and planning, and the program enables them to propose the projects that will make the biggest difference,” said Grant Robertson. .

Athletics NZ, Canoe Racing NZ, Golf NZ, Hockey NZ, Recreation Aotearoa, Rowing NZ, Swimming NZ, Tennis NZ, Waka Ama NZ and Yachting NZ are the latest organizations confirmed to receive funding for their strengthening and adaptation projects.

The ten organizations join a group of 11 others who followed the program from mid-2020 and are now implementing their projects. Other organizations are expected to be confirmed for funding under the program later this year.

Here are some examples of projects currently being implemented:

Swimming NZ forming a national collective with other water sports such as Diving NZ, Water Polo and Artistic Swimming to improve efficiency in providing drinking water experiences to New Zealanders.

Netball NZ is developing an app (NETFIT) to engage with the grassroots netball community and provide digital programs, training and nutrition information.

“Strengthen and Adapt provides an unprecedented opportunity for these organizations to create a stronger, more sustainable future and build their capacity to provide more New Zealanders with the opportunity to get involved and be active,” said Grant. Robertson.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)