Sport

Most New Zealanders are involved in sport in one way or another and whether you are a participant, spectator, volunteer, coach or administrator, you will enjoy the enormous benefits it brings.

A major focus for Sport NZ is ensuring young people develop a lifelong love of sport and recreation and continue participation into adult years. Research shows that teenage participation in sport is declining for multiple reasons, including the professionalism of sport at all levels from an increasingly younger age. 

Utilising best practice, sector evidence and wide consultation, Sport NZ released the Balance is Better philosophy in 2016. Since then, Balance is Better has become a broader conversation underpinning Sport NZ’s overall approach to youth sport that focusses on maximising participation and skill development over early specialisation and winning. 

Below you can find out more about Balance is Better, browse our research and case studies, and link to theBalance is Better website - the home of youth sport in New Zealand. 

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