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Growing Leaders

Young people make great leaders in the sport and recreation environment. Growing Leaders is a Sport New Zealand youth leadership programme designed for young people (Primary school through to Secondary school ages).

Growing Coaches

Growing Coaches is a coach education programme designed for secondary school students to become coaches. It fits well to the Growing Leaders programme.

To find out more check out the Growing Coaches pages.

Growing Leaders is designed to:

  • teach young people about leadership
  • encourage young people to pursue leadership roles in sport and recreation
  • give young people self-confidence and leadership tools for life.


Examples of leadership roles for young people

Growing Leaders can be used to develop a broad range of leadership roles such as team captains, prefects, peer leaders, coaches, managers, sports administrators, sport and recreation officials, and outdoor recreation leaders.


What settings are Growing Leaders in

Growing Leaders can be used in a range of settings such as physical education classes, school sports programmes, outdoor education trips, lunchtime and after school recreation activities, sport and recreation clubs, and youth groups.

  Young girl referee

The Growing Leaders resources include:

There are four learning stages throughout the Growing Leaders programme and resources are matched to these: Explore, Discover, Navigate, Empower. There is:

a facilitator’s guide, for the person delivering the programme to young people; learning activities with facilitator’s notes; a series of Power Point presentations for facilitators; a ‘Leader Think-Tank"  with lots of leadership information.

Where can I get the Growing Leaders resources from?

You can purchase a hardcopy OR you can download the resources free of charge.

Click here to purchase hardcopies of the Growing Leaders resources: Sport NZ Store   

Click here to download the resources free of charge: Growing Leaders Resources


For assistance and more information

If you would like to implement the Growing Leaders Programme and need more information about how to do this, contact your local  Regional Sports Trust

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