The Lions Den Gym & Fitness Centre
The facility is a is a philanthropic endeavour developed to meet a need within the community while providing a revenue stream to help resource the charitable works Tūtaki Youth offers. The Lions Den Gym & Fitness Centre is a professionally operated community gym offering low cost 24/7 access to a well-resourced unique facility in Stratford. We are open to all members of the public and make it our goal to create and maintain a great atmosphere for all. We offer comprehensive pricing options, fitness assessments, personal training, and group classes.
By becoming a Lions Den Gym & Fitness Centre member you will be contributing towards enhancing our community by helping provide services through Tūtaki Youth Inc.
The free services provided by Tūtaki Youth include youth work, social work, domestic violence response and prevention, programmes, and a youth health clinic.
You can see all of our membership options, fitness services and our core gym team are shown below.
History of the Lions Den
The Lions Den was created by Central and South Taranaki Youth Development Trust in partnership with the Stratford Police and with support from Toko, Stratford, and Kaponga Lions at the end of 2009 to reduce youth offending. The project achieved great outcomes with young people and significantly reduced offending. Central and South Taranaki Youth Development Trust amalgamated with other organisations to create Tūtaki Youth Inc. in 2012. The new multi-purpose youth facility was opened in mid-2013 which provides youth, social and health services as well as a community gym.
Tūtaki Youth Inc. continues work in partnership with Police Youth Development to provide projects that prevent and reduce youth offending. A very successful element of the Lions Den is the one-on-one sessions between a young person and a mentor. This provides the young person with the opportunity to build confidence, develop discipline, identify their strengths, introduce them to living a healthy lifestyle and spend time with a positive role model. Group work is also undertaken with children and young people in a structured environment.
While the Lions Den continues to give young people opportunities to change their path, it has now been developed into a place that the whole community can benefit from and enjoy.
The Lions Den Gym & Fitness Centre has proudly been developed and brought to you by Tūtaki Youth Inc.
Tūtaki Youth Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that provides a facility with cultural, education, physical, health and leadership opportunities for young people to reach their potential. We are a New Zealand Police-partnered organisation that focuses on a prevention-first model. Our purpose is to improve well-being, ensure that young people and their whanau are safe, create healthy futures, and provide pathways for individual potential to be recognised and realised.
The multi-purpose youth facility, located at 88 Juliet Street Stratford includes a board room, meeting rooms, IT suite, health room, commercial-sized kitchen, recreation area, and the Lions Den Gym & Fitness Centre. It is a place where young people can go and feel safe, interact with their peers, be surrounded by positive role models, have easy access to health and social services, and participate in activities and programmes.
Tūtaki Youth was born out of need and continues to focus on the “why” we do what we do. We love young people, we love our community and we want our young people to grow up happy, reach their potential and be awesome contributing members of our community.