Hillary Commission Young People First
The Hillary Commissioners 1998
Coaches Count
Active Living
Funding Allocations

New Zealand 2000
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girls playing netball INVESTMENT IN YOUNG PEOPLE'S SPORT FOR 1998/99 WAS $6.8 MILLION

Chris Tasola and Marilynn Uelese Sport - it's about fun

Thirteen-year-olds Chris Tasola and Marilynn Uelese (both from Christchurch South Intermediate) love playing sport. Chris says "sport keeps me in shape. I play it in and out of school." Marilynn says "it's good to win but it's also fun just to play with my friends." Demand for sport is swamping schools and clubs, and coaching has become a critical issue.

By June 2000 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
Young people are the first priority of the Hillary Commission. Our aim is to ensure that every young New Zealander chooses an active lifestyle.

Through sport young people acquire physical skills from which they benefit throughout their lives. Sport also builds confidence and teamwork. It gives young people self-esteem and shows them how, through hard work and discipline, to achieve results. Most importantly, sport teaches the vital virtue of fair play. With these qualities young people can find themselves on a pathway to success and play a positive part in their communities.

Most schools now run robust and varied sports programmes and almost 60% of teenagers represent their school in one or more sports. In the end it is the quality of the sporting experience that will keep young people in the game. The quality standard SportsMark has been adapted for KiwiSport to ensure that sport is always fun and worthwhile for young people. Similarly the 'Thumbs Up' quality standard has been introduced in our FairPlay programme. These programmes are being quickly accepted in schools, and the Commission and its partners will work hard to make them commonplace.

The Hillary Commission's Moving Through Sport policy defines the sporting rights of young people and sets benchmarks for improving young people's sport. The Commission encourages schools, clubs and sports organisations to adopt the policy and advises national sports bodies on ways they can help young people in their sport. We also fund sports trusts in every region so they can work closely with schools and local sports groups.

Young people will enjoy and stay with sport when they:

  • feel part of the team or the action
  • have skilled and qualified coaches
  • are treated with respect and make their own sporting decisions
  • are able to achieve in many different activities
  • can play sport adapted to suit their age, size and ability
  • play by rules they can understand and that are relevant to them
  • play in a safe environment with safe and appropriate equipment.


Sport that is Fun and Relevant
Play and games are everything for young children who are just starting out. The challenge is to keep sport fun while teaching skills and discipline. Our aim is for all children to reach their potential by developing skills at the level that suits their age and physical abilities.

For more than a decade primary school teachers have used KiwiSport to coach their young students. It's a style and approach that fits the children's needs and makes success possible for teachers.

The KiwiSport approach modifies sporting play to best suit young people's needs and stage of development. Through KiwiSport at school, children can try many different sports and physical activities - learning skills, learning to play hard but fair, and all the while having fun and enjoying success. It also encourages children to exercise every day through a variety of activities, and to explore the outdoors.

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 11,464 teachers were trained in KiwiSport, along with 12,851 parents, coaches and older students. This is 3,000 more than last year.

Teachers and parents are the backbone of youth sport. Primary teachers often receive KiwiSport coaching after school in their own time - a great commitment on behalf of their students.

In 1999 the Commission introduced a quality standard for schools offering KiwiSport programmes for primary and intermediate age students. SportsMark for schools is part of our overall effort to ensure quality in the delivery of KiwiSport. More than 200 schools have been enrolled in this programme and the first have been awarded a SportsMark.

Modified Sport
Twenty-eight sport codes now promote a version of their game that is specifically designed for children under 12 years of age:

  • Run-Jump-Throw (athletics)
  • Kiwi Badminton
  • Mini-Ball (basketball)
  • Kiwi Cricket
  • Kiwi Croquet
  • Kiwi Cycling
  • Kiwi Golf
  • Kiwi Gym Fun
  • Mini-Hockey
  • Kiwi Indoor Bowls
  • Kiwi Judo
  • Mini and Mod League
  • Kiwi Marching
  • Kiwi Netball
  • Kiwi Orienteering
  • Kiwi Petanque
  • McDonald's Small Black Rugby
  • Kiwi Ski
  • Mini-Soccer
  • Kiwi Softball
  • Kiwi Squash
  • Kiwi Surf
  • Kiwi Table Tennis
  • Kiwi Tennis
  • Kiwi Touch
  • Kiwi Tri (multisport)
  • Kiwi Volley
  • Kiwi Wrestling


Young People Choosing Sporting Lifestyles
Secondary school students need new and more challenging opportunities to stay interested and active in sport. The challenge for schools and the Commission is to meet the needs of young people and support them in a way that is exciting and rewarding. They are more likely to play on and lead active lives after they leave school if they are well coached and have a positive experience of sport.

Sportfit is the Commission's programme supporting schools to involve more young people in sport and active leisure. Nearly all schools now have sports co-ordinators in place, and can offer young people more sporting options. Importantly, through the Sport Leader Award students gain experience in coaching, administration and management. Sportfit is succeeding in creating more opportunities for young people. Research with young people tells us that they are taking up sport in record numbers and the challenge is to provide coaches who can take them a step further to achieve their potential.

It is vital that schools and clubs work together to provide coaching and facilities for young people. This co-operation will also help young people stick with sport after they leave school. Developing these partnerships further is a priority for the Hillary Commission.


  • Students in 160 secondary schools benefited from Sportfit funding partnerships. Each school funded by the Commission has committed itself to improving the sport delivered or available to its students.
  • Almost half of schools now have formal links with 5 more sport clubs each.
  • Sport offers a great medium for gaining management and leadership skills. 35,000 students will achieve our Sports Leader Award this year, showing their ability to become leaders in the sporting life of their communities. The high demand from young people for this award has exceeded our expectations and shows that young people see sport as more than just a game to play.

Sports Ambassadors

Motivating with Role Models
Despite being talented, some young people do not reach their sporting potential. This often comes down to attitude and pressures from peers and at home. Without guidance or inspiration, some drift away from sport altogether when the challenges get harder. But attitude can be changed by positive role models.

In six years of running role model programmes, we have found that for young people meeting and interacting with real heroes is a key to being motivated. Some of New Zealand's top sports performers have accepted this challenge to be Sport Ambassadors. They work with talented students and take them through their secrets of success, goal setting and motivation. The Sports Ambassadors are a success everywhere they go, and we thank these champions for inspiring the young people they meet.

Our seven current Sports Ambassadors visited 65 schools and worked with thousands of up-and-coming sports performers:

Sports Ambassadors and Role Models

Glen Denham Glen Denham

Tall Blacks basketball captain, missed the first six shots in his first major basketball game. He struck gold with the seventh.
"The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Duane Kale Duane Kale

Paralympic gold medallist and world-record swimmer, making the most of life.
"Sport gives young people a foundation and qualities they can apply to anything else they decide to do."

Barbara Kendal Barbara Kendall

Oympic gold medal boardsailor, developed sea legs before she could walk.
"The buzz of marching behind the New Zealand flag was worth every minute of years of training."

Gavin Larsen Gavin Larsen

New Zealand cricketer, began with a passion for softball and dreamed of playing soccer for Liverpool.
"You only get out of anything what you're willing to put in."

Bernice Mene Bernice Mene

Silver Fern netball captain.
"You have to enjoy what you do, because you never know what's around the corner."

Craig Monk< Craig Monk

America's Cup sailor, had to overcome a terror of the water before he could learn to sail.
"The friends you make in sport are genuine friends. You carry them with you for life."

Sarah Ulmer Sarah Ulmer

Commonwealth Games silver medallist. Sport is a big part of her life, but just one part.
"You have to enjoy what you are doing and keep your life balanced. You get out of sport exactly what you put in."


Funding Community Sport

Supporting Young People in Sports Clubs
Sports clubs are run by adults who often find themselves channelling their limited resources into the senior teams or most successful players. This can leave clubs inadvertently ignoring their young aspiring members. This is not good for the future health of the clubs or young people.

The Community Sport Fund offers funding for youth sport activities, focusing on coaching and community events. The fund is a successful partnership between the Commission and local authorities, which distribute funds from the Commission to develop local sport and active leisure organisations. Many councils also contribute to the fund to further strengthen clubs in their area. Low population councils receive a higher grant to ensure that rural sports clubs, which face special issues, are not disadvantaged.

4,258 clubs received funding to strengthen their coaching, and youth and community sport activities. Almost 72% of Community Sport Fund grants benefited young people.


The Values of Sport
Being a 'good sport' starts early and is part of everyone's involvement in sport - as players, coaches, officials and spectators. The Commission has led efforts to ensure that young people play sport in the proper spirit. Sport is about values and this needs to be continually re-stated in a time when some say New Zealanders are losing their shared and agreed beliefs.

The phrase for FairPlay sums it up - 'always give it heaps but don't get ugly'. Sport is about energy and passion, but not at the expense of sporting behaviour. After years of promotion, virtually every New Zealander now rejects foul play in sport.

The FairPlay strategy has been implemented nationally. Nine out of 10 young people accept the message. Nine out of 10 schools have adopted the Hillary Commission's FairPlay charter, which lays down a code of behaviour for all teams, coaches and spectators involved in school sport. Yet the people who should know better - parents, coaches and supporters - are often those who lose sight of sporting values on the sideline. Changing this is a challenge for sport and the Hillary Commission in the future.

The national Thumbs Up Award was developed in 1998 and a third of all schools have now met the quality criteria. Our short-term aim is 50%.

No Exceptions

Everyone Gets to Play
Young people with a disability play sport for the same reasons as other kids - to have fun, be accepted, enjoy the challenge and succeed. Too easily however, obstacles prevent them from enjoying the sporting opportunities most take for granted.

The national No Exceptions policy calls for every child to be able to play and compete to his or her potential. Implementing No Exceptions, our Kiwi Can programme identifies activities most suitable for young people with a specific disability and offers ideas for adapting activities to meet their needs. This philosophy grew from the Disability Taskforce and the policy offers guidelines to enable people with a disability to enjoy the best that sport has to offer.

The No Exceptions strategy was distributed widely in August 1998, and national bodies encouraged to adopt it. Sport Opportunity Officers are being appointed in sport trusts to implement No Exceptions in schools and clubs. The first region to do this is Sport Bay of Plenty, in conjunction with the Halberg Trust and Bay of Plenty Community Trust. It has been a winner and is a model for the rest of New Zealand.


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