Foundation Clubs


The Beginning

The AUT Millennium Scholarship Programme was founded in 2005 to help support aspiring athletes from the facility’s four foundation clubs: Bays Athletics, North Shore Swimming, NorthSport Olympic Weightlifting and North Harbour Water Polo. Thirteen years after its introduction, the Scholarship has been awarded to more than 50 athletes every year, many going on to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

The Purpose

The AUT Millennium Scholarship Programme provides support and services to exceptional local track and field athletes, swimmers, weightlifters and water polo players. In addition to receiving a complimentary Gym membership, recipients have access to a High Performance Fund. The fund is awarded to athletes who require additional support to compete at top international competitions. As part of the programme, athletes have the opportunity to take part in charitable events, public speaking, work experience and professional networking where possible.

The Scholarship entitles recipients to

  • Full AUT Millennium Health & Fitness Gym Membership (including 400m outdoor running track, Gym, PowerZone, Sports Hall and pool access)
  • Access to the AUT Millennium Scholarship Travel Fund
  • Information regarding employment opportunities when they arise at AUT Millennium
  • Access to AUT Millennium marketing and administration support
  • Discounted rates at HealthZone Medical and HealthZone Physiotherapy

AUT Millennium Scholarship Programme quick facts*

  • Founded in 2005
  • 50 – 80 athletes supported each year
  • Athletes who have competed at Olympics: 17
  • Athletes who have competed at Commonwealth Games: 22
  • Athletes who have competed at World Championships: 22
  • Athletes who have competed at World University Games: 30
  • High Performance fund is supported entirely by generous donors

*As of January 2018

The AUT Millennium High Performance Fund is only possible thanks to the generous donations of local businesses and individuals

We would like to thank our loyal contributors:


Argon Construction

Sileni Estates

AUT University

We would also like to thank those who attended the 2017 Golf Day that helped raise funds for the High Performance Fund. Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who sponsored the 2017 Golf Day:

ANZ (two teams)

Hygiene Systems

Youth Town

Bassett Plumbing & Drainage

AUT University

Argon Construction

Orbit Personal Training

Climate Control



Aktive – Auckland Sport &


Acclaim Group

Sharp Corporation

HealthZone Medical

Tennis NZ

Barfoot & Thompson Commercial

How you can support Scholarship athletes

We offer the opportunity to Sponsor a Seat in the National Aquatic Centre. Your business or family name on a grandstand seat helps contribute to the High Performance Scholarship Fund and directly support emerging local athletes. Click here to find out how to sponsor a seat.

If you or your business are interested in collaborating with AUT Millennium athletes or donating to the Scholarship fund, please get in touch with the AUT Millennium Scholarships team via email at [email protected]