Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Free sport and recreation for Manukau Youth

Free sport and recreation for Manukau Youth
April 3, 2009

The John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation is launching AMPâ'd, a sport and recreation initiative for Manukau youth.

The AMP'd programme, developed to encourage youth to become more active and engaged in sport and physical recreation, comprises a Youth Drop-In programme, Youth Team-Building programme and Youth Leadership programme - all at no cost to participants.

The AMP'd programme looks to develop the sporting and leadership skills of our young people, and encourage them to join sports clubs, says New Zealand sports icon and Manukau City Councillor John Walker.

Councillor Walker and other FYFOD trustees are expected to attend the launch to inspire the attending youth who will participate in free sport and physical recreation activities including tennis, athletics, rugby league and team-building activities run by Counties Manukau Active. There will be a draw to win many prizes including an iPod Nano.

The Youth Drop-In programme is to be initially launched in Manurewa at four different locations: Manurewa Recreation Reserve, Randwick Park, Rowandale Reserve and Clendon Recreation Reserve. Students have the opportunity to drop-in and take part in a range of sport and recreation activities including touch rugby, volleyball, streetball and ultimate Frisbee, on weekdays from 3.30pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm.

As Kelly Robertson, Project Manager for the Foundation explains, âwe encourage anyone aged between 11 and 17 to drop in at one of the participating parks and get involved.

"Any youth, aged 13 to 17 who show promise, will be selected for the Youth Team Building programme. These students will participate in outdoor team-building activities including kayaking, sailing, mountain biking and rock climbing."

These activities will be held twice a month.

The Youth Team Building programme also offers opportunities to develop leadership skills, Robertson adding that "each month, six youth who display enthusiasm for personal development will be selected to participate in the Youth Leadership Programme."

On completion, the students will have the opportunity to assist in developing and delivering events for the Youth Drop In programme.

The programme, including equipment and equipment van, is funded by The Southern Trust and delivered by Manukau City Council-owned Manukau Leisure Services Ltd.

For more information go to



Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Pricemark Pty Ltd

Pricemark supplies a wide range of custom branded membership & RFID access products for the Health & Leisure Industry. 

read more



iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces


BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks


Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues


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



SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues



Humanforce is a global provider of workforce management solutions for companies who need flexibility to manage complex workforces. Companies use Humanforce to manage everything from time and…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Technology / Venues


Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more



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