Young People First Annual Report 2000

New Zealand is a sporting nation, proud of our high rates of participation and international success. But it's only because we start young.

Kids who are active become adults who are active. And active parents inspire their young to also be active, so a sporting lifestyle becomes self-fulfilling. This is the way families, communities and nations stay healthy.

For this reason young people have the highest priority for Hillary Commission funding and programmes. Our aim is to ensure that an active lifestyle is the natural choice for everyone, from the very beginning. The huge majority of young people are keen to be active - it is a natural part of their lifestyle. But as children become teenagers and young adults, it is vital that options of active leisure compete successfully with their sedentary alternatives - such as TV and computer time - and with the demands of work and study. In short, we must provide a pathway through sport for all young people, encouraging everyone and supporting the most talented to reach their potential.

These aims are expressed in the national policy for young people's sport,  Moving Through Sport. This policy describes the sporting rights of young people and gives guidance to the schools and sports organisations providing positive sporting opportunities for young people.

Strategic Target 2000 Results                
In Young People's Sport
  • 50,000 young school-leavers trained as sport leaders
  • 93,000
  • KiwiSport a regular activity in 95% of primary schools
  • 93%
  • A sports co-ordinator in 90% of secondary schools
  • 98%

  • KiwiSport/Te Haakinakina Kiwi Kiwi Sport

    Successful Sport Starts with Fun

    Play is the most natural activity for children, the kind of activity KiwiSport delivers. KiwiSport offers children under 12 the chance to learn essential skills in a wide range of sports activities. 27 of them are modified to match the size and abilities of children - this formula undoubtedly works. Our job is to train and inform teachers and sports coaches so they can build on this, keeping sport fun while giving those kids new skills and confidence. Children will reach their early sporting potential by developing skills at a level that suits their age and abilities.

    As well as teaching the physical skills of sport, KiwiSport emphasises the need for fair play and competitiveness. These are key parts of any positive sporting involvement, and it is important that children grasp the idea of 'giving it heaps, but not getting ugly'.

    KiwiSport offers children the chance to develop competitive skills in athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, croquet, cycling, golf, gymnastics, hockey, indoor bowls, judo, league, marching, netball, orienteering, petanque, rugby, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, table tennis, tennis, touch, multisports, volleyball and wrestling. Schools with a full KiwiSport programme also teach children the importance and fun of daily exercise, and promote the enjoyment of exploring the outdoors.

    Action And Results In 1999/2000
    KiwiSport has been in schools for more than a decade. It is fully established nationwide, so now we have to focus on the quality of the experience children get from their KiwiSport programmes. The Commission's overall quality standard - SportsMark - has been extended to the primary and intermediate schools delivering KiwiSport, and by June 2000 72 schools had received the SportsMark endorsement for their KiwiSport programmes, showing that they have adopted best practice in the provision of sport for their young people. A further 293 schools were working towards gaining the SportsMark.

    Teachers continue to be the heart of KiwiSport and it is clear that they enjoy the training offered to them by sports codes and regional trusts. KiwiSport co-ordinators in the sports trusts have helped deliver sport-specific and general training to teachers and community leaders (parents, coaches and older students) - in sessions attracting over 29,570 attendances. We thank these people for their commitment to junior sport, particularly since most of them usually do this KiwiSport training in their own time.

    Congratulations to Remuera Primary (seen here with the Commission's Team leader Junior Sport, Nicky Sherriff) - the first primary school to be awarded a KiwiSport SportsMark.
    Picture/NZ Herald

    Sportfit/Te Haakinakina Ora SportFit

    Sticking with Active Lifestyle

    Secondary school students have a high participation in sport and active leisure, but there is a drop-off among 16 and 17 years olds. This may be caused by the increasing demands of study or after school and weekend work. School-leavers often leave behind a supportive sports environment and find no place in sports clubs to replace it. Adult life is all about choices, and our aim is to ensure that the great majority of young adults choose to stay active. If organised team sports don't appeal, then it's important they're attracted to individual and casual active pursuits. Ultimately, our role is to promote the benefits of an active lifestyle and to support the schools and other organisations that deliver the opportunities.

    In late 1999 the Commission finalised a bold strategy for the Sportfit programme. It sets the framework for quality sports education and provision, aiming to enhance life skills for young adults and secure the future of organised sport through their ongoing membership of clubs. When implemented, the strategy will also lead to a healthier, more active, socially-cohesive nation by raising participation and producing champions.

    We are repackaging the component parts of Sportfit to offer young people more sporting options. This includes

    • Sports Choice, to help find the right sport

    • Sport Leader Award, through which students gain experience in coaching, administration and management

    • Totally Outdoors, to drink in the Xtreme Green Machine out there

    • Sport Ambassador, sports stars who 'walk their talk' to inspire young people

    • Sportfit SportsMark quality award (already presented to Howick College and Thames High School - well done)!

    A major priority for us is to encourage partnerships between schools and sports or active-leisure clubs. Changes to the Community Sport Fund already work to help such partnerships, as well as provide coaching and event support for young people's sport generally.

    Action And Results In 1999/2000

    • 156 secondary schools benefited from Sportfit funding partnerships and are committed to improving the sport enjoyed by its students.

    • The linkage between schools and clubs is growing: 70% of schools now have formal links with an average of 7 sport clubs each.

    • Latest figures show that 136,000 students (56% of the total school roll) represent their school in at least one sport. This is actually less than the Hillary Commission set as a target, but shows incredible involvement in competitive sport by secondary school players. The strongest demand from young players is for team sports: for instance 31,000 secondary school students play rugby union, 29,000 play netball, 20,000 cricket, 17,000 basketball and 16,000 soccer. This is in addition to those who play sport at school but not against other schools, or those who play in clubs outside of school.

    Sports Ambassadors/ Nga Mangai

    Today's Best Inspiring Tomorrow's Best

    A team of outstanding Kiwi sport achievers covers the country working with the best young athletes and sport leaders in secondary schools. This group of international representatives, Olympic medallists and world champions have vast first-hand experience to pass on to younger athletes. Tomorrow's champions benefit from advice on how to balance their athletic careers with academic and work loads, and how to get the best out of themselves through practice and goal-setting.

    Action And Results In 1999/2000
    Seven Sports Ambassadors completed 184 sessions in Schools:

    • Glen Denham (Te Arawa) - former Tall Blacks basketball captain
    • Cory Hutchings - double World Ironman champion
    • Duane Kale - Paralympic gold medallist and world-record swimmer
    • Barbara Kendall - Olympic gold medal boardsailor
    • Gavin Larsen - former New Zealand cricketer
    • Craig Monk - America's Cup sailor
    • Sarah Ulmer - Commonwealth gold and silver medal cyclist

    Local funding

    Clubs Supporting Young People

    The Community Sport Fund (He Putea Haakinakina mo te waahi huihuinga) makes money available to local clubs to develop their youth sport services. As young people leave school their pathway for sport is through sports clubs. These clubs are the only environment available in which young school-leavers can stick with sport and reach their potential. A fortunate and dedicated few will also make the country proud of their achievements. Young people represent the future health of the clubs - in the form of new members and volunteers.

    The Community Sport Fund is a partnership between the Commission and local authorities, which distribute the Commission's investment. In many cases councils contribute additional funds to strengthen clubs in their area. Some rural councils receive a higher per capita grant so that sports clubs affected by special rural issues are not disadvantaged.

    Action And Results In 1999/2000
    4,141 clubs received funding to strengthen their coaching and youth and community sport activities, an average of $1387 per club. 77% of Community Sport Fund grants were used by clubs to benefit young people. To make the process as smooth as possible for clubs which apply to the fund, in 2000 we trained 376 Fund liaison staff from 70 councils.

    FairPlay/Te Haakinakina Tika Fair Play


    • Respect - for the opposition, the officials and the rules of the game
    • Staying Cool - no matter what happens
    • Dignity - in winning and losing
    • Keeping Sport Fun - that's why we do it
    • Always give it heaps but don't get ugly

    838 schools meet the quality criteria for the Commission's national FairPlay Thumbs Up Award

    No Exceptions/Kaore te Rereketanga No Exceptions

    Everyone Gets to Do It

    Young people with a disability can face preventable obstacles to enjoying everyday sporting opportunities. It is the right of every child and young person to play sport at school or in clubs - to have fun, be with their friends, and enjoy success.

    The national No Exceptions policy for sport and active leisure aims to knock down obstacles to participation. Working to the policy, our KiwiCan programme identifies activities most suitable for young people with a specific disability and offers ideas for adapting activities to meet their needs.

    Action And Results In 1999/2000
    To implement  No Exceptions in schools and clubs nationally the Commission has entered into a 3-year partnership with the Halberg Trust to establish 12 Sport Opportunity Officers in sport trusts. The first Sport Opportunity Officer appointed, at Sport Bay of Plenty, has made several breakthroughs and established a model for the rest of New Zealand. Others have been appointed in Wellington, Wanganui and the Waikato. Regional sports trusts are being trained to promote the  No Exceptions policy and sports bodies are encouraged to commit themselves to providing coaching, competition and administration for sportspeople with a disability.

    Closing the Gaps in Young People's Sport

    Young Maori (aged 5-17) are into sport. They participate in sport and active leisure at the same rate as young non-Maori, with 67% being active for 2.5 hours per week (the national benchmark).

    Every piece of promotional and educational material we produce contains a Maori dimension. The manual for young children's daily exercises, Kiwidex, is available in te Reo for use by kohanga reo and kura kaupapa teachers. Other documents are translated where relevant. Future KiwiSport activity instruction manuals will have a Maori dimension including traditional Maori activities and te Reo.

    Sportfit funding support for secondary schools has been sensitive to the needs of low-decile schools, which may have a large Maori student body. The Commission is also responsive to the needs of different regions, such as the Far North. After consulting local iwi, we arranged for small schools with limited income to use Sportfit funding to jointly employ and share a Sportfit co-ordinator.

    The Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure
    Te Komihana Haakinakina a Hillary
    Our programmes are funded by the NZ Lottery Grants Board