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YMCA North Shore: News

It’s Fun to Play at the (NEW) YMCA

After over 40 years faithfully servicing the North Shore community, Takapuna’s YMCA has had a $3.5 million full make-over and upgrade
the refurbishments incorporate brand new facilities and have increased floor space by 20 per cent.
 “It’s unrecognisable from what it was,” says YMCA Manager Mike Lacey. “This is our reinvestment back into the community. The YMCA has been heavily used since moving from Devonport in 1973, so it was looking tired and needed a facelift. Now we are going to be able to continue to serve the community for the next 45 years.”
 “We can now provide an enhanced facility for the local community.”
 The upgraded YMCA, located on Akoranga Drive, across from the Takapuna rugby club and cricket clubs, boasts a modern fitness gym, three squash courts
that are open to the public, basket ball courts, a dance and aerobics studio and
child care facilities.
 There are also a range of programmes and activities including gymnastics, basketball, group exercise, yoga, martial arts ,dance classes, and adult indoor
soccer leagues.
 New conference facilities have also been added in the new upgrade. Over
4,500 users visit the YMCA every week – that’s a quarter of a million every year.
The largest miniball programme in New Zealand is hosted here, in conjunction with North Harbour Basketball Association with over 100 teams taking part.
 There is an enormous range of community activities to be found at the YMCA. People wishing to take part or use the facilities have the option to become a member, or can participate on a casual basis. There are exercise classes for mature adults in their 70’s and 80’s, through to pre school gymnastics for children as young as two-years-old, so there is something for all ages at the YMCA.
 “We are a part of the community and rely on that support. None of this would be possible without that support. ” 

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