Retirement village opens door for young athletes competing at AIMS Games

A retirement village in Tauranga has opened its doors to around 50 intermediate aged children this week.

It's the answer to the accommodation shortage during the annual AIMS Games which this year has attracted more than 10,000 athletes from over 300 schools.

And the kids are enjoying all the benefits of having adopted grandparents for the week, including the baking.

Greenwood Park retirement village has invited students from St Bernard's College into their homes for the week.

"I've followed the AIMS Games for a number of years now and last year I was reading that there was no accommodation available and I thought it was such a shame that more schools couldn't be involved," billet co-ordinator Maureen Habgood says.

Some of the kids have never been to a retirement village, so living in one is a bit of shock to the system. 

"It's weird first time for me, it's just like being at your own grandparents' house," AIMS Games competitor Kolitha John says.

The AIMS Games is a bigger sporting event than the Commonwealth Games in terms of participant numbers and for the first time will also have para-athletes.

The competitors from New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, Cook Islands and Indonesia will compete across 21 different sports.