Young people are
the first priority of the Hillary Commission. Our strategic objective is to increase
participation and improve skill levels in sport and active leisure among young
people of school age.
Through sport young people can gain
skills which they enjoy throughout their lives. Sport teaches self-reliance and
how to be part of a team. It can give young people confidence, pride and a desire
to achieve results through hard work and commitment. Most importantly, sport teaches
the vital value of fair play. Young New Zealanders need these qualities in order
to succeed in life and play a positive part in their communities.
The Moving Through Sport national
policy, developed by the Hillary Commission and launched by the Minister Hon Murray
McCully in August 1997, defines the sporting rights of young people and sets benchmarks
for improving sport. Sport must be fun and worthwhile for all young people, and
many national governing bodies have now endorsed this approach.
The Commission advises national sports
bodies on how they can implement Moving Through Sport and funds sports trusts
nationwide to work closely with schools and local sports groups.
We want to see all young people moving
through sport by ensuring that they:
be treated with respect
achieve in sport
try many different sports
and physical activities
know about getting fit, warming
up and down, and other ways to prepare for sport
play sport adapted to suit
their age, size and ability
play by rules they can understand
and stick to
play in a safe environment
with safe equipment
feel part of the team or
have skilled and qualified
help make their own sporting
use equipment that suits
we will see
50.000 young school leavers
trained as sport leaders
- Kiwisport a regular activity
in 95% of primary schools
- A sports co-ordinator in
90% of secondary schools
with Fun and Making Good Progress
Young children will always love games. Sport has to be fun for children who are
just starting out. Children need to develop skills at the level that suits their
age and physical abilities and then continue having fun as the first priority.
Since 1988 the Commission has helped teachers to coach sport using the KiwiSport
model. Put simply, KiwiSport is sport the way kids want it.
KiwiSport has changed the face of
sport in New Zealand. The Hillary Commission wants to say thank you to the thousands
of teachers, parents and coaches who have played a part in KiwiSport over the
past decade. The KiwiSport philosophy says sport for young people is best when
modified to suit their needs and stage of development. With KiwiSport children
can try many different sports and other physical activities – they learn
skills, play hard but fair, and all experience success.
KiwiSport is recognised around the
world as an outstanding way of teaching children about sport and healthy living.
As well as teaching sport skills, KiwiSport encourages children to exercise every
day through a variety of activities, and to explore the bush and countryside.
ACTION AND RESULTS in 1997/98
Teachers are the key to the success of KiwiSport. They are trained by coaches
from each sporting code and supported by the 17 KiwiSport co-ordinators from regional
sports trusts throughout New Zealand.Over 13,700 teachers were trained in KiwiSports,
along with 7,709 parents, coaches and older students. Teachers often receive coaching
after school in their own time - for which we say Thanks Teach!
29 sports have now developed a version of their game that is suitable for children
7-12 years old:
Run Jump Throw (athletics)
Mini Ball (basketball)
Kiwi Indoor Bowls
Kiwi Rugby (Small Black rugby)
Mini Footy (rugby league)
Kiwi Table Tennis
Kiwi Tri (multisport)
Evan Crawford is the New Zealand Rugby Football Union Manager of Rugby
"We've got to build on the work
we've already done. Every child should grow up with sport as part of their life.
They should be able to play different levels of sport as they get older.
"Rugby is a good example. We
have modified the rules of the game at various levels to cater for various needs.
We have a whole series of stages from Small Black rugby, to Junior Black rugby
and so on right through to the All Blacks. That way we make sure players of all
ages and skill levels are catered for."