CLM Community Sport is committed to building stronger sports clubs within the Counties Manukau region. Sports clubs are the lifeblood of our communities but face many challenges.

Young people have more choices, so sports clubs have to work harder to provide competitions and activities that retain their existing members and attract new members.

Sports clubrooms are ageing, and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain them. Clubs are competing for grounds with other sports. Volunteers are hard to come by and sometimes it is a struggle to get the right people doing the jobs that need to be done.


The CLM Club Connect programme has been developed to support and grow clubs in the Counties Manukau region. This is done through 



CLM Club Connect at work 

Netball Manurewa Community & Events Centre

"I just wanted to send an email to thank you for your presentation at the CLM funding workshop and sharing the grants venue link. Since the workshop, all my applications have been successful"

Italia Tipelu – General Manager
Netball Manurewa Community & Events Centre

Franklin Storm Rugby League Club

"Thanks again for your brilliant article, and so quick!!

I know you are not too excited by digital reach, but so far it has been viewed by 3500+ people!

Thanks for all your work,
Aneisha – Franklin Storm

Franklin Squash Racquets Club  

“I have really appreciated the opportunities to attend a number of CLM Community Sport events. They have offered a variety of very interesting guest speakers and all of them have been enjoyable and added value”


Layne Shepherd, President 

Papakura Rugby Football Club 

"We would like to thank the CLM Community Sport team and in particular Campbell Burnes, Doug Campbell and Fay Freeman from the Club Connect team for assisting and upskilling us at Papakura Rugby".

Rod Honan, Papakura Rugby

Waiuku District Cricket Club

"Just wanted to say thanks on behalf of Waiuku District Cricket Club. Firstly, if you hadn't held the CLM Funding Workshop earlier this month, we would not have known what was available to us in terms of funding. So, the workshop has been extremely worthwhile and helpful. Plus, it has really motivated our committee and supporters into moving our club forward.

Secondly, thanks to yourself and Doug for coming out and meeting myself, Sonia and Shane at the clubrooms yesterday. Your direction and input into how and what we can achieve is really exciting for us!"

Anita Lamont
Secretary & Treasurer
Waiuku District Cricket Club Inc.

Manukau City AFC

“CLM Community Sport have played a key supporting role for Manukau United Football Club in achieving our club’s mission to be NZ’s most diverse and inclusive football club, and to provide pathways into sport for our community of Manukau. We are excited about the future of football and sport in the region, working collaboratively with partners such as the team at CLM Community Sport.”

Ngā mihi,

Hone Fowler
Manukau City AFC

Papakura Swimming Club 

“I would like to thank CLM Community sport for the assistance in refining the clubs capability around marketing and promotion of our club activities. The Brian Smith and Sir Graham Henry presentation gave some good insights and tips of how we could approach our coaching at the club. It also created a chance to network with other clubs in the Counties Manukau area. “

Michael Ackroyd (Papakura Swim Club President)

Parafed Auckland 

"CLM CS have been a fantastic supporter to Parafed Auckland over the last 6 months, providing advice, support and networking to partners and projects across Auckland. Utilising their awesome expertise in communication and marketing has also helped us to secure an exceptional candidate to help promote our organisation, thanks CLM CS"

Tom Smith -CEO Parafed Auckland

Waiuku Netball Centre

"Thank you all for your help with not only with Journalim support but also the website and everything."

Tara Coe
Waiuku Netball Centre

Auckland Rugby 

"Craig, just wanted to acknowledge the work Dan has done for East Tamaki Rugby Football Club & the collaboration from CLMCS has been as it should be from an RST. Great work all round."

Brett Young
Community Liaison & Facilities Manager

Weymouth Rugby Football Club 

Papatoetoe Rugby Football Club 

Good afternoon Fay,

As I stated last night, Thank you very much for sharing your expertise and experience. You have been amazing.

The strategic planning document is all good by me and can't wait to see the final product.

Kindest Regards

Luke Mealamu

Club Chairman