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.
Outside of sport and music instruction, the "Let Them Play" Project provides full access to all Olé Football Academy and Virtuoso Strings facilities and resources; including but not limited to; professional staff, state - of - the - art sports turf, classroom facilities, transportation, food and meals, equipment, instruments, kit, gear, mentorship programmes, administrative support, academic support, affiliate facilities, and community resources, etc. Additional sport / music lessons and community dinners will take place at one central location, The Olé Football Academy, Porirua.
Both organisations have demonstrated a determined commitment to the Porirua child and family. The "Let Them Play" Project seeks to expand each organisation's impact and community reach by offering full access to introductory grassroots and elite sport / music programmes. The opportunity to enter such programmes is one of a kind and has the capacity to drastically transform the lives of individuals and families, as well as lead to unprecedented play and educational experiences for children in the future.
In 2018, Olé Football Academy established the "Let Them Play" fund with the sole intent to raise capital in order to support environments that provide opportunities for Porirua, New Zealand based children to become the best they are capable of becoming.