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Funding to complete AUT’s high performance sports centre

Funding to complete AUT’s high performance sports centre
May 9, 2011

The $43 million redevelopment of Auckland's new high performance centre has been unveiled by New Zealand Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully.

However, Auckland University of Technology are highlighting that more financial backing is needed to complete expansion of the facilities.

Located on Auckland's North Shore, the high performance centre at the AUT Millennium campus is touted as a world-class centre of excellence, but further funds are needed to realise the vision says Mike Stanley, AUT Millennium Trust Chief Executive and New Zealand Olympic Committee President explains "to date, we have been humbled by the response of those who have backed this project. "But we are still in fundraising mode and are seeking the support of others passionate about New Zealand's success and on creating an aspirational high performance culture of excellence where the focus is being exceptional."

In June 2010, Government announced $15 million of funding for the high performance centre, complementing AUT University's $18 million to form a joint venture with the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health. The new centre will be jointly run by AUT Millennium Trust - a 50-50 partnership between AUT and the Millennium Institute.

Stanley says that although New Zealand is a proud sporting nation, success in an increasingly competitive world requires significant investment. So far, that investment has come from Government, AUT, North Shore City Council, Owen Glenn, ASB Community Trust, Sir David Levene and the Lion Foundation.

Stanley adds "the redevelopment is a collaboration between public and private funders who share the vision of taking high performance sport in New Zealand to a new level."

Minister McCully said the Government's vision for high performance sport was to make New Zealand one of the most successful sporting nations in the world stating "this is really a team effort, and it's great to be able to share this occasion with many of the people and organisations who've also made contributions to make this redevelopment a reality. We're keen to work with private sector investors, with local government and with philanthropic funders who share that vision."

Vice Chancellor of AUT University Derek McCormack, says the partnership between AUT University and the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health will help drive the development of high performance sport in New Zealand through education, research and coaching.

"The new centre brings together the best of sports science research, coaching and management expertise. Work being conducted at AUT Millennium is of benefit not only to high performance athletes and coaches but also to community health and education. Our research will impact on the future health and performance of our nation, not just in sporting performance at the elite level, but at all dimensions of human potential."

Part of the developments include the establishment of a world centre of physical activity, nutrition, coaching and sports science which would deliver programmes in exercise, nutrition, lifestyle, resilience and leadership, helping to create healthier communities.

The first stage $26 million redevelopment provides over 6,000 metre2 of new floor space. Overall developments include a 50 metre Olympic swimming pool, the creation of a high performance zone, a new public health and fitness centre, a human potential centre which specialises in developing nutrition and physical activity, a coaching performance centre, a sports science centre incorporating an environmental chamber and a strength and conditioning suite; expanded medical and specialist facilities, significant additional office, education and meeting facilities; and additional accommodation.

Developments at the high performance centre are due for completion by early 2012, in time for athletes who are preparing for the London Olympics.


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