Helping Kiwi kids keep active

Here at the YMCA we've been building strong kids and strong families for over 160 years. We know how important it is for Kiwi kids to live active, healthy lives, learning fundamental movement and water safety skills that will benefit them throughout their whole lives. Our range of programmes support kids of all ages and stages to move their bodies and learn skills through a fun and supportive environment.

We believe every child deserves an equal opportunity, therefore, YMCA kids programmes can be funded through Variety - the Children's Charity, so all kids can use our services such as swim school, children's term-time programmes - gymnastics, dance or sports leagues, and school camps.

Variety- the Children's Charity, gives New Zealand children the happier, healthier childhood they deserve.

Click here to read what you need to know when you apply for Variety funding. Variety is currently available through the following YMCA centres: YMCA Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre, YMCA Onehunga War Memorial Pools, YMCA Cameron Pool and Leisure Centre, YMCA Glen Innes Pool and Leisure Centre.

Swim School

YMCA swim schools teach structured progressions with a strong emphasis on swimming skills and water safety. Our aim is to build skills and awareness that will teach Kiwis how to stay safe in our beaches, lakes and rivers at any age. Lessons are fun and supportive, conducted at each child's own pace and ability.

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Term Programmes

Through our gymnastics and dance programmes, children learn a wide range of fundamental movement skills that will support them to be happy and active.

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Sports Leagues

Not just a way to keep moving, children learn teamwork and communication skills, and grow their confidence and fitness through being part of a team. A great way to stay active and have fun.

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Outdoor Camps

Overnight camps are a staple part of growing up in New Zealand. Creating lifelong memories, camps build confidence, resilience, and allow children to experience the great outdoors in a safe and supportive environment.

Children going to YMCA camps get a chance to experience Aotearoa's natural surroundings and spend time with their friends away from their busy everyday lives, learning about themselves as well as the great outdoors.

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Guide to apply for Variety funding for YMCA kids programmes

Terms and Conditions

  • Funding applications accepted for children aged 0-18 years (Kiwi Kid Sponsorship:4-17; Individual grants: 0-18)
  • All documentation needs to be completed when applying
  • The child whose application is submitted will need to be present to complete their section of the application

Documents required when you apply

  • Community Service Card or proof of income
  • Copy of NZ birth certificate/NZ passport/Resident/PR visa
  • Photo of the child whose application is submitted

How to apply

  • You need to register an account with Variety charity before you submit your application.
  • Click here to register your account
  • Once registered, there will be five steps to complete your application:
    • Parent/Caregiver Details
    • Details of the child
    • Other information
    • Declaration
    • Referrer Details (optional)