Youth sport

Leading change in youth sport

At Sport NZ we want to keep young people in sport and help them realise their potential.

It’s an exciting time for youth sport with a real sense of momentum towards leading system change. In 2019 Sport NZ and five of the country's largest participation sports – Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball and Rugby – took a stand to bring the fun and skills development focus back into the game for all young people.

Together we signed and published a Statement of Intent that will pave the way for substantial change in the way youth experience sport in this country. The move follows significant change over recent years, such as the removal of intermediate age representative teams and changes across most sports to make young people’s involvement more fun and engaging.

Find out more below on the initiatives we have been working on.

Keep up with the play - a public awareness campaign

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Resources and case studies

Resources developed specifically for parents and coaches, sports leaders and participant development.

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