Play and sports equipment is being made freely available in Western Reserve, Ōrewa twice a week for the rest of summer, as part of a new programme from Kelly Sports.
Funding has been provided by Harbour Sport for the initiative, which aims to increase the options for physical activity in two target groups – children aged 5-12 and young women, 19-24 years.
These two groups were identified as “high need” by Sport NZ.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, starting last week, play equipment such as balls, hula hoops and skipping ropes will be made available to children, who can come down to Western Reserve and use it at any time from 3pm-5pm.
From 5pm-7pm, the programme will switch over to providing fitness equipment – dumbbells, resistance bands, kettle bells and so on for young women to access.
Hibiscus Coast Kelly Sports coordinator Jono Sergeant has organised the sessions. He says the children’s play is unstructured, with oversight to make sure they are safe and having fun and that the equipment is not misused. Parents and caregivers are also to provide appropriate supervision.
He says at the 5pm-7pm sessions there will be a workout that the young women can do, or they can simply do their own thing using the equipment provided.
“We will be there to help when asked and make sure the gear is used in a safe and appropriate manner,” Jono says.
“We want to encourage people to come and give it a go!”
He hopes the sessions will run until around Easter, depending on alert levels.
Free activities Where: Western Reserve, Ōrewa, behind the HBC Youth Centre. When: Every Tuesday and Thursday; children (5-12 years) 3pm-5pm; women aged 19-24, 5pm-7pm. Info: Jono, 021 409 455 or firstname.lastname@example.org