Three Approaches

A guide to creating better quality experiences for participants

Sport and active recreation creates happier, healthier people and better connected communities. We know from our Value of Sport research that, to reap the full benefits of physical activity, people need quality experiences that increase their confidence, competence and motivation to participate in sport and physical activity for life.

Increasing participation in physical activity is a complex challenge, especially among those who are participating at lower-than-average levels. Sport NZ’s Community Sport Strategy seeks to meet this challenge by focusing on young people (ages 5 to 18) and using a participant focus to enrich New Zealanders’ lives through sport, active recreation and play. 

The Three Approaches document outlines the importance of using evidence, community input and a holistic approach to support more New Zealanders into a lifelong love of being physically active.

Sport NZ’s three approaches to create better quality experiences that grow individuals’ physical literacy and encourage ongoing participation are:

Insights Approach
Locally Led Approach
Physical Literacy Approach.

The Three Approaches used together are very powerful, but can also be used individually. Our case studies page shares success stories from our partners who have used the approaches to develop quality experiences for participants.