Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Digital upgrade helps YMCA North get more people active

Digital upgrade helps YMCA North get more people active
August 30, 2023

A new software platform that makes it easy for aquatic and recreation customers to book and pay online has led to a surge in online bookings for swimming lessons and group fitness classes at YMCA sites across Auckland and Waikato.

The Y launched the Envibe leisure management system across 14 of its aquatic, fitness and recreation facilities in July, with the convenience added by the portal leading to an increase in online group fitness and swimming lesson bookings while also making it easy for customers to update their contact, payment and other important details online, reducing administration for staff.

Developed by Jonas Leisure, the system helps facility managers handle all aspects of their business, from memberships and organisation of group fitness classes and swimming lessons, payments, stock management and customer communications.

Advising that the customer portal provided by the new system had proven particularly popular, with more than 5,000 YMCA members signing up to use it in its opening weeks, YMCA North Chief Executive, Julian Baldey explained “it’s been one of the most seamless IT launches I’ve ever experienced, touch wood. We introduced it at 14 of our sites simultaneously and our members, visitors and staff have really embraced it.”

Baldey says the introduction of Envibe and the new customer portal is part of a wider digital transformation that aims to improve the accessibility of health and fitness programmes and make life easier for YMCA members, visitors and staff.

It’s a push that’s even touching leisure delivery, with more fitness plans provided online and the introduction of innovative new leisure options, such as the ‘digital multiwall’ at The Y Lagoon, in the Auckland suburb of Panmure.

The multiwall offers interactive games that are projected onto a wall to provide opportunities for people to play in a new way, building cardio fitness and hand-eye co-ordination while they are at it.

“Technology like this can open fitness up to new groups of people or inspire people to get back into it.

“We’re really excited about what new systems can offer for our communities, whether that be improved access to classes, exciting new leisure options, or systems that save time for our staff and allow them to have more face time with customers.”

Explaining that YMCA North’s embrace of new technology is setting a benchmark for the industry, Jonas Leisure General Manager, Alissa Lim noted “they are leading the way and it’s having a tangible and positive impact on the communities they serve.

“The strong uptake of their customer portal demonstrates the value of putting more power into members’ hands. We’re really looking forward to supporting YMCA on their ongoing digital journey.”

YMCA North is New Zealand’s largest YMCA association, covering Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. It is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to empower youth, improve health and strengthen communities.

In addition to providing leisure, fitness and recreation facilities, it is a significant provider of out-of-school care, outdoor and early learning education, tourist accommodation and youth development.

Click here to contact Envibe/Jonas Leisure via their Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory entry.

Images: YMCA North team members training using the new Envibe system (top), Mt Albert Community and Leisure Centre (middle) and Lynfield Recreation Centre (below). Credit: Jonas Leisure/YMCA North.

Related Articles

23rd May 2023 - Envibe software updates adds features including courses web cart and new timetable

29th March 2023 - Envibe helps Lake Macquarie swim centres deliver impressive aquatic experiences

13th December 2022 - Envibe system backs performance at new Wai O Rua - Stratford Aquatic Centre

9th November 2022 - Lake Macquarie Swim Centres go live with Envibe

23rd August 2022 - Envibe launches new look for its online customer portal

7th February 2022 - Envibe leisure management software helps Auckland Council with recreation facility offerings

29th July 2022 - Jonas Leisure announces new Business Development Manager appointment

15th March 2021 - New Jonas Leisure Change Campaign looks to ease facilities’ Envibe transition

27th January 2021 - Jonas Leisure names Alissa Lim as General Manager

11th September 2020 - Jonas Leisure onboards Australian and New Zealand councils remotely during COVID-19

5th August 2020 - Jonas Leisure’s Visitance contact tracing App records 150,000th visitor

16th April 2020 - Jonas Leisure introduces Group Move live-streamed fitness to Australia and New Zealand

1st April 2020 - Jonas Leisure runs virtual meetings to aid professionals during Coronavirus crisis

27th February 2020 - Campbelltown City Council deploys Envibe software to enhance customer experience

31st July 2019 - Jonas Leisure confirms long term industry commitment

26th February 2019 - Jonas Leisure recognises Australian fitness providers for delivering exceptional customer experiences

17th October 2018 - Jonas Leisure named as leading communicator among leisure businesses in Australia and New Zealand

11th July 2018 - Jonas Leisure supports new ActiveXchange industry insights

25th June 2018 - Envibe software links sport facilities and competitions

26th May 2017 - Jonas Leisure introduces new customer service portal

Support our industry news service
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

As an independent publisher, we need reader support for our industry news gathering so ask that - if you don't already do so - you back us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine and/or our online news.

Click here to view our subscription options.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Links Modular Solutions

Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology



Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology


Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues



Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation


The P.A. People

The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Sport / Technology / Venues



revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology


Summit Fitness

Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business