This document sets out 10 principles for delivering sport and recreation to children (0-12 years) and young people (13-18 years).

These principles should be applied by coaches, parents, instructors, teachers and administrators involved in leading, supporting or managing sport and recreation opportunities for children and young people.

Children and young people view sport and recreation differently from adults. It is well researched that they generally want to:

  • have fun
  • improve their existing skills and learn new skills
  • be with friends or make new friends
  • be challenged
  • experience success
  • become physically fit and healthy.

Research shows that young people highly value the intrinsic rewards gained from participating in sport and recreation. The rewards that young participants gain from learning a new skill, or simply being involved in activities with their friends, often mean more than extrinsic rewards such as winning trophies or awards.


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