Campgrounds, hotels and even a retirement village are helping to home the thousands of athletes in Tauranga for the 16th annual AIMS Games this year.

A group of Pāpāmoa residents have even opened their doors to some of the athletes and their families during the six-day event.

Beds at Greenwood Park Metlifecare Retirement Village in Hairini were filled with a football team of about 13 boys from St Bernard's College in Lower Hutt.

School director of sport Andrew Cavill said it was hard to find accommodation for the children, their families and coaches during the tournament and he was glad

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