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#LetThemPlay: Porirua Project Receives Initial Funding

On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, The Porirua Project application was given “an initial funding nod” by Porirua City Council which allows the project to progress to a professional business case. The project was approved after a committee of children and young people between 11 – 23 years of age expressed that it had an “excellent focus on sport and the arts.”

The Porirua “Let Them Play” Project is a collaborative effort on behalf of two Porirua non – for – profits, Olé Football Academy (est. 1997) and Virtuoso Strings Orchestra (est. 2013) to make a lasting impact in the lives of Porirua, New Zealand based children and families.

Both organisations have proven track records of working successfully with children and families in the the Porirua community for a combined 25+ years. The “Let Them Play” Project offers free and grant subsidised long – term (3+ year) play, learning and holistic educational opportunities to Porirua based children and young people between 6 – 24 years of age.

The “Let Them Play” Project will initially benefit 50 – 60 Porirua children between 6 – 10 years of age, giving them free entry into full – time Olé Football Academy and / or Virtuoso Strings programmes, as well as, a collaborative holistic educational sport and music programme, where children will be offered 1 – 2 additional play / recreational opportunities each week; including but not limited to, 1 – 2 sport contacts (football and / or futsal), as well as, 1 – 2 music lessons.

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