Issue Staying in Sport and Getting the Most Out of it
Teenagers today have come through the KiwiSport way of learning and need new challenges and sports opportunities. The challenge for the Commission and schools is to keep teenagers interested and active in sport. If they have a positive experience of sport, they are more likely to play on and lead active lives after they leave school.
Through Sportfit the Commission aims to involve more teenagers in school sport and increase their participation in club sport. Better sports programmes will give young people more sporting options. Most importantly, students will experience 'total sports' - not just playing, but learning sports administration, management and officiating skills as part of the Sport Leader Award. Sportfit gives schools a real boost, but in the end it is about the students. Results have been excellent. In recent years there has been a growth in the number of young women playing sport at school. This is an exciting trend and goes against the experience of other countries.
When young people leave school they need a club in which to continue their organised sport activities. It is important that schools and clubs work together to bridge the sports gap that young people may face moving from school into the wider community. Many clubs are able to provide schools with coaching and management, while schools can usually offer good facilities in exchange.While these partnerships have taken off in many places, developing them further for the good of young people remains a priority for the Hillary Commission.
ACTION AND RESULTS in 1997/98
- 72,000 students in 110 secondary schools benefited from Sportfit funding partnerships. Each school funded by the Hillary Commission is committed to improving the sport served up for its students and the Commission provides funding over two years to assist this. 60% of schools now have formal links with more than four clubs.
- Sport offers an opportunity to gain management and leadership skills. 30,000 students will achieve our Sports Leader award this year, giving them the ability to become leaders in the sporting life of their communities. The demand from young people for this award is twice what the Commission had anticipated.
ISSUE Keeping Young people Motivated
Young people are faced with many pressures at school and at home that can lead many of them - even the very talented - to not reach their sporting potential. Even worse, some drift away from sport altogether.
STRATEGY Hillary Commission Sports Ambassadors
Role models are a key factor in motivating young people. In 1997 the Commission appointed some of New Zealand's top sports performers to work with young people - coaching them in the secrets of success through goal setting and motivation. The ambassadors are all champions who young people enjoy meeting and whose stories inspire.