If quality of life is to be guaranteed - in sport, health and general outlook - we have to start with the young. So presenting our young people with quality sporting opportunities at school and giving them physical skills for the world ahead is very important.
Active young people are more likely to become active adults. And active parents will show their young that an active lifestyle is healthy and fun, so promoting the wellbeing in sport becomes self-nurturing. In this way communities grow strong and we as a people stay healthy.
Young people have top priority for Hillary Commission funds and programmes. For most young people being active is a natural part of life. Our aim is for an active lifestyle to be an option available for everyone, right from the start. KiwiSport and Sportfit deliver activities to primary and secondary schools respectively. As kids become adults it is vital that options for being active keep the sedentary attractions in balance - such as TV and game machines. Sport offers a pathway for all young people through which they can reach their potential.
The philosophy driving our programmes comes from a national policy for young people's sport called 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. The qualitative aspects of how the programmes are put in to place are measured and awarded by the SportsMark quality programme.
KiwiSport/Te Haakinakina Kiwi
The Fun Start to Sport
KiwiSport is a philosophy that modifies sport and play for young people. It builds on the natural playfulness of kids under 12. KiwiSport imparts essential skills in 27 modified sports activities. The rules are simplified and play area and equipment scaled to match the size and abilities of children. While we know this formula works for the kids, we have also had to train and inform teachers and sports coaches to keep sport for young people successful yet fun. With skills and the KiwiSport attitude young kids can move into adolescence with confidence.
KiwiSport is competitive, and embraces the positive concept for fair play on and off the field. Children learn to 'give it heaps, but don't get ugly'. The full KiwiSport programme teaches the importance and fun of daily exercise (in KiwiDex), and explores the outdoors to the max (in Kiwi Outdoors).
More sports are developing their own brand of modified sports for children, which we encourage. Netball NZ has for instance developed Fun Ferns and Future Ferns in the way that rugby has Small Blacks and soccer has Small Whites.
KiwiSport is offered 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.
Action And Results In 2000-01
The work of training teachers and leaders in KiwiSport goes on, with over 29,000 attendances at training sessions run by sports trusts and codes. Since 1997 we have had over 121,000 attendances in this training. We have focused on the quality of children's KiwiSport programmes, applying our overall quality standard - SportsMark - to schools. This year 414 primary and intermediate schools have been involved in the programme and of those 151 schools have achieved the SportsMark KiwiSport Award. The SportsMark award shows that the schools have adopted best practice in the provision of sport for their young people.
Our commitment to the Maori dimension in KiwiSport is seen through providing materials as appropriate in Maori. KiwiDex is already available in both languages, and now the Fundamental Skills manual is under translation.
The network of KiwiSport co-ordinators in the sports trusts helps deliver KiwiSport training, but could not do it without the teachers, parents, coaches and older students involved. We are proud of the commitment of these people to junior sport.
Sportfit/Te Haakinakina Ora
Grin and Bear the Fun
Our research suggests that there is a rise in participation by secondary school students in sport and active leisure. Sportfit supports schools to provide an environment in which young people are encouraged to be active and develop a sports habit. To keep school-leavers involved, we have promoted linkages between schools and sports clubs. While school should be a supportive environment, kids must be able to find a place within sports clubs in which to continue a sociable sporting lifestyle. Sports clubs and activity organisations should offer quality membership options to young people.
Our aim is to ensure that the great majority of young adults choose to stay active, be it organised team sports or casual individual pursuits. Our role is to promote the benefits of an active lifestyle and support the schools and clubs that provide opportunities.
Like KiwiSport, Sportfit is a package of components that maximises the choice available to young people. Sportfit includes:
Action And Results In 2000/2001
- To help achieve these goals the Commission sought and received extra funding from the Ministry of Education. Enhancing Sportfit funding has enabled more schools to access support for their sports programmes and has given all schools the opportunity to be involved in Sportfit.
- 93% of secondary schools accept Sportfit funding to improve the sport offered to students.
- The linkage between schools and clubs is strengthening: 327 schools report links with 12 sport clubs each. The Community Sport Fund encourages partnerships between schools and sports or active-leisure clubs.
- Our research shows that 56% of students represent their school in at least one sport. In addition more students play sport only within school or play outside the school for a sports club.
- 76 secondary schools have demonstrated best practice with a Sportfit SportsMark Award.
Gaining experience in coaching, administration and management
Sport Leader is a national award developed for young people who have an interest in sport and recreation and want to develop skills to take on the many roles available through sport. Many of these skills, developed through sport, are transferable and can be applied elsewhere.
Leadership is a critical issue for the recreation and sport sector. Introducing young people to the skills of leading and managing, while providing them with opportunities to use these skills, is what Sport Leader is about.
Action And Results In 2000/2001
28,000 secondary school students received leadership training in 2000-01.
Sports Ambassadors/ Nga Mangai
Inspiring Tomorrow's Champions
Well known Kiwi sport stars give their time to inspire our young people. The Sports Ambassadors visit schools to work with the best young athletes and sport leaders across New Zealand. They impart their first-hand experience, pump up the pride they felt representing NZ internationally - on the Olympic dais and as world champions. Students learn how to balance their athletic careers with academic workloads and social life, and how to practice and set goals to get the best out of themselves.
Action And Results In 2000-01
The team of Sports Ambassadors has been expanded with three new members, John Dowall, Harry Ngata and Mark Sorenson, two of whom are Maori:
- John Dowall (Ngai Tahu) Paralympic gold and silver medallist in track and field.
- 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
- Heremaia (Harry) Ngata - All Whites soccer player (Ngati Porou, Te Arawa)
- Mark Sorenson - World Champion softballer
- Sarah Ulmer - Commonwealth gold and silver medal cyclist
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Fair Play/Te Haakinakina Tika
- 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
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No Exceptions/Kaore te Rereketanga
Our national policy for people with a disability aims to remove obstacles to sporting opportunities - for everyone. For young people, No Exceptions says they have a right to play sport at school or in clubs - to have fun, be with their friends, and enjoy success. As part of the policy KiwiCan identifies activities most suitable for young people with a specific disability and offers ideas for adapting activities to meet their needs.
Local funding Supports Young People
One way we show our commitment to sport for young people is through the Community Sport Fund. It gives priority to grants supporting young people's activities and developing links between school and club. A new special fund this year also helps rural clubs so that country kids don't suffer. In association with local authorities we fund sports clubs and community organisations to develop their services for young people, giving kids an on-ramp to the sporting pathway for life. This is good for young people and good for the clubs - their new members and volunteers represent a bright future.
Of the project funding this year 70% or $3.89 million went to benefit young people. This helps kids in many ways, be it through funding outdoors courses, community sports events, pony clubs, roller hockey, Guides or BMX.
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The Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure
Te Komihana Haakinakina a Hillary
Our programmes are funded by the NZ Lottery Grants Board