Relay - 29 October 2013

29 October 2013

In this edition: The identification of best practice for developing sport as a business is increasingly important. In the Organisational Capability section there are items on the use of technology and a case study on international sponsorship. The Community Sport and Recreation carries a must-read item for coaches: the newly launched International Sports Coaching Framework. Useful Weblinks provides a link to Sport NZ’s latest research resource: a toolkit to help capture the value of sport and recreation.

In this Relay

Young People

Support for compulsory life jacket law – 7 Oct 2013
Maritime New Zealand supports a move to make the wearing of lifejackets compulsory for people under 15, and continues to encourage everyone on the water to wear lifejackets at all times. The move to make life jackets compulsory for young people is similar to legislation already enacted in the United States. (Maritime New Zealand)

Ki-o-rahi and 3on3 basketball debut on 2014 New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council calendar – October 2013
Schools will be able to compete for the title of New Zealand Secondary Schools Ki o Rahi and 3on3 Basketball Champions from 2014. The championships are two of nine new events on the 2014 NZSSSC Calendar (PDF) of sanctioned events released recently. (New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council)

Tennis NZ launches new kids programme – 14 Oct 2013
Tennis Hot Shots helps children learn to play on the right size court using racquets that are perfect for small hands and softer, super-hittable balls that don’t bounce too high. Made up of four components, Tennis Hot Shots gives children the opportunity to play tennis in an environment and at a level that suits them. (Tennis NZ)

Wales School Sport Survey 2013 – 9 Oct 2013 (PDF)
The data from this survey enables monitoring and tracking of trends in sports participation and the provision of physical education and school sport in Wales, an overview of the sports that pupils participated in, and data relating to enjoyment, broken down by demographic and socio-economic factors. (British Heart Foundation National Centre)

British Satellite Clubs passes 1000 club mark in less than a year – 18 Oct 2013
With more than 1,000 clubs up and running within the first year, Sport England’s Satellite Clubs initiative is making it easier for young people to get into and stay in sport once they leave school by establishing school- and college-based sports clubs with links to local community clubs. (Sport England)

Parental involvement in child’s physical activity and sport – 30 Sep 2013 (PDF)
The Canadian Physical Activity Monitor looks at parental involvement in children’s physical activity and sport. The survey asked parents about the amount of time that they spend playing active games with their child and transporting their children to their physical activities or sports. (Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute)

Swim study reveals a smart pool of talent – 13 Aug 2013
Children who swim demonstrate more advanced cognitive and physical abilities than other children indicating that swimming children have many advantages when starting school, according to this research. (Griffith University)

Community Sport and Recreation

Christchurch set for summer of swim – 3 Oct 2013
Sport Canterbury has announced plans to host a six race Ocean Swim Series at Corsair Bay this summer. "We see a fantastic opportunity, to support swimming amongst enthusiasts, and to extend the chance to 'have a go', building confidence and skills, to the wider community," says Sport Canterbury Chief Executive Julyan Fallon. (Sport Canterbury)

Record numbers flock to 30th anniversary Ironman New Zealand – 17 Oct 2013
Ironman New Zealand will boast record numbers when it celebrates its 30th anniversary in Taupo next March. 2000 entries have been received, more than 300 up on the previous highest number of entries. There are internationals from a record 58 nations and, for the first time, more than 1000 New Zealanders have entered. (Endurance Sport New Zealand)

Way2Go community recreation gets a boost – 15 Oct 2013
Tasman District community recreation programmes have been boosted with a $24,000 Lotteries Grant to ensure that quality, sustainable and effective programmes are delivered to Tasman’s rural communities. (Tasman District Council)

British colleges at heart of community sport-growth predicted – October 2013
A study of sport in British colleges has revealed that a record number of facilities are opening up to local communities with further growth predicted. Sport England has invested £17m in 153 new sports co-ordinators to help colleges boost participation in sport on campus. Local organisations are urged to build stronger partnerships with colleges to improve sports provision in their area. (SkillsActive UK)

Top 10 toughest mass participation events in the UK – October 2013
Mass participation events are becoming popular. This is a selection of the 10 most challenging mass participation events across the UK. (Sport and Recreation Alliance)

Launch of the International Sports Coaching Framework – September 2013
The International Sport Coaching Framework includes definitions, guidelines, and recommendations on the primary functions of a coach; roles and responsibilities in athlete development; qualifications, knowledge and core competences needed for coaching effectively. (International Council for Coaching Excellence)

Elite Scottish athletes become apprentice coaches – 13 Oct 2013
An apprenticeship programme to support former top-class athletes become coaches has been launched by sportscotland. The Coaching Futures initiative will see eight sports employ a retiring or retired athlete who will use their knowledge and expertise to help develop and inspire the next generation of champions. (sportscotland)

Record numbers in Australia playing cricket – 26 Aug 2013
The Australian Cricket Census has revealed that a record 951,933 participants played cricket at local grounds, schools and indoor centres across Australia in 2012-13.The overall national growth of 8.2% is underpinned by significant growth in female, club cricket and entry-level participation. (Cricket Australia)

Outdoor Recreation

Opportunities and challenges for peri-urban recreation in New Zealand’s fastest growing cities- August 2013 (PDF)
‘Peri-urban’ areas, (transition zones between rural and urban areas), often face competing demands between recreation and other land uses, and between different types of recreation. This research explores the drivers and experience of outdoor recreation in peri-urban areas in New Zealand’s three fastest-growing cities: Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. (Sport and Recreation Knowledge Library)

Governance in the New Zealand outdoor recreation sector- Sport NZ Knowledge Factsheet Series 1 – 8 Oct 2013 (PDF)
This factsheet summarises recent research on outdoor recreation governance in New Zealand. It examined governance models, governance capability-building activities and sector-wide governance. (Sport and Recreation Knowledge Library)

“Living the liftline” – a phenomenological study of the lived experience of skiing – 2013 (PDF)
This study considers and explores the lived experience of skiing through a phenomenological approach and seeks a deeper understanding of the meaning skiing may hold in the lives of those who ski. (Auckland University of Technology)

New Zealand Walking Access Commission Annual Report 2012-2013 – 11 Oct 2013 (PDF)
This report documents the Commission’s performance for the year and its progress towards the objectives outlined in its Statement of Intent 2012-2015 and National Strategy 2010-2035. (New Zealand Walking Access Commission)

New Anchorage Hut opened in Abel Tasman National Park – 11 Oct 2013
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith has opened the new Anchorage Hut in the Abel Tasman National Park, replacing a 24-bunk hut built in 1973. It has a large communal area, new toilets, modern insulation, solar-powered systems, and extensive decks. (Department of Conservation)

Increase in English visits to greenspaces – 10 Sep 2013
Natural England’s fourth annual Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment survey found that 43% of visits to the natural environment were to greenspaces within towns and cities. (greenspace scotland)

High Performance

Rugby League World Cup 2013: the challenges, the legacy and what to look forward to – October 2013
With the UK and Ireland opening its doors to the Rugby League World Cup 2013, the Sport and Recreation Alliance caught up with Nigel Wood, Rugby Football League CEO and RLWC2013 Tournament Director to discuss how things are going and what he hopes the tournament will achieve for the sport. ( Sport and Recreation Alliance UK)

Australia-NZ Rugby League bid progresses – 21 Oct 2013
A plan for Australia and New Zealand to jointly host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup has progressed after the sport's governing body accepted the countries' expression of interest. Bids are due to be submitted next month, and a decision is expected in January. (

Netball at Glasgow 2014 could be moved to new multi-million pound Hydro – 18 Oct 2013
Netball's venue at next year's Commonwealth Games could be switched to the newly-built Hydro, which would mean more tickets would be available for what is expected to be one of the most popular sports at Glasgow 2014. (inside the games)

Brazil’s World Cup stadium woes – 2 Oct 2013
Work on one of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup venues has been suspended after a judge ruled there were safety concerns. The Arena da Baixada stadium in the city of Curitiba is due to stage four matches during the World Cup. Refurbishment work on the stadium is already behind schedule. (World Soccer)

Sochi 2014 Paralympics scheduled released – 16 Oct 2013
The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has now published the competition schedule (PDF) for the next Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held from the 7 to 16 March 2014. A total of 1,650 athletes and staff members from more than 45 countries will attend. (The Paralympic Movement)

Sevens structure required for Rio afterglow – 11 Oct 2013
A national structure for Australian sevens rugby is vital ahead of the 2016 Olympics, says an Australian sports management researcher. (Griffiths University)

Global hockey event coming to Hawke's Bay – 1 Oct 2013
Hawke’s Bay will host a new international women’s hockey event in April next year. The Black Sticks Women will play Australia, Argentina, Korea and China at the new world-class hockey turf at Sports Park Hawke’s Bay, which is due to be complete in early March 2014. (Hockey NZ)

Organisational Capability

Realising the opportunity: addressing New Zealand’s leadership pipeline by attracting and retaining talented women – September 2013 (PDF)
This Ministry of Women’s Affairs report aims to inform discussions, support initiatives already under way, and encourage new actions so that New Zealand organisations can attract and retain talented women in leadership roles. (Global Women)

2013 LifeChat series on women leaders in the sport industry – 20 Sep 2013 (PDF)
To understand the changing dynamics and the role that women play and how they shape the sport industry, representatives from Duke University interviewed 12 women leaders who represent different parts of the global sport ecosystem across the public, private, and social sectors. (Duke University)

Success means engagement that is more than technology – September 2013
Ericc Winton, the CEO at Sydney’s New Millennium Business, which specialises in the business of events, discusses the recent banned supplements scandal in Australia’s AFL and its effect on brand. (iSportConnect)

NRL LIVE App awarded best in sport – 21 Oct 2013
The NRL LIVE 2013 App, downloaded by more than 800,000 Rugby League fans, has been recognised as the best sports app in Australia at the 2013 Australian Mobile Awards in Sydney. (

360 sponsorship case study from the International Triathlon Union -19 Sep 2013 (VIDEO)
Brian Mahony, director of global projects at the International Triathlon Union tells the Sports Marketing 360 conference about his organisation's challenging approach to sponsorship. (SportBusiness)

$9 billion of new business for sports service companies – 6 Aug 2013
A new report says there is $9 billion worth of new business for sports service companies in the next 10 years. The report identifies opportunities for companies in such fields as sports marketing, IT, law, ticketing, stadium infrastructure, hospitality, architecture, security, merchandising, catering and logistical support. (International Marketing Reports)

Membership is dead? – 29 Jul 2013
A number of powerful generational, cultural and economic forces are colliding to create a perfect storm that will make the next 5-20 years some of the toughest ever faced by associations. Associations who don’t adapt face a slow decline into obscurity as they are replaced by newer, more innovative, less bureaucratically challenged, less change resistant competitors. (Strategic Membership Solutions)

Sports Science and Technology

New device will help optimise swimming – 29 Jul 2013
A miniaturised data logger that can record speed and movement in the water will soon be available to help swimmers analyse their performance. The development of these waterproof inertial sensors is being done at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. (University of Auckland)

Australian government announces commitment to sports technology innovation – 23 Aug 2013
The Australian Federal Government is supporting establishment of a Sport Technology Innovation Partnership, which brings together the Australian Sports Technologies Network, universities and researchers, national sporting organisations and innovative start-up companies. (Sports Business Insider)

Innovation to help Australian athletes and coaches gain winning edge – 9 Oct 2013
Some 17 projects benefiting 15 Australian sporting organisations have received a share of $2.4 million of Competitive Innovation Fund allocations. Australian Sports Commission chief executive Simon Hollingsworth says the fund is a significant investment in the future of high performance sport. (Australian Sports Commission)

Study suggests accountability to teammates is a deterrent to athletes doping – 9 Oct 2013
A study of 200 elite Scottish athletes has found that those competing in team sports cite accountability to their teammates, and the possible negative reaction that may result, as a deterrent to doping. (World Anti-Doping Agency)

The physiological demands of table tennis: a review – September 2013 (PDF)
This review discusses research studies that have led to current understanding of how the body functions during table tennis training and competition and how this is altered by training. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

Get to the pressure point – 7 Oct 2013
Research being presented at Sports Medicine Australia’s 2013 Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport indicates that acupressure may be effective for the treatment of acute sports injury- associated pain. (Sports Medicine Australia)

Concussions and female athletes: the untold story – 16 Oct 2013 (VIDEO)
Through the personal stories and experiences, this hour long documentary examines the causes underlying concussion and offers practical solutions to help prevent and treat sports-related concussion injuries in female athletes. (University of Minnesota)

Off the Bench: Places and Spaces

Empathetic kinaesthesia: sport within architecture – 2013
This thesis asks the questions: is Auckland able to provide architectural solutions that enable the city to host the Olympic Games, and, how can urban planning and design assist? Note: The full version of this article is available to download by clicking on the PDF version on the top right image on the page. (Unitech)

National golf facility strategy – 27 Sep 2013 (PDF)
The aim of this project was to create a platform from which NZ Golf can lead the regions, golf clubs and related entities to make informed decisions about their future investments and priorities in the sport. (Sport and Recreation Knowledge Library)

A game plan for Auckland sports fields – 26 Aug 2013
Less than a year after its launch, the Sports Field Capacity Development Programme is delivering on the Auckland Plan's promotion of well-being through upgrading and developing sports fields to increase available playing hours and address the uneven distribution of facilities across the region. (Auckland City Council)

Kensington hockey turf work begins – 15 Oct 2013
Work has begun on the new third hockey turf at Kensington Park, assisted by a $1 million grant from Whangarei District Council’s Major Capital Works fund. A further grant of $300,000 has also been made to refurbish the two existing fields. (Whangarei District Council)

Napier’s Marine Parade skatepark development proposal approved – 19 Sep 2013
Napier City Council has passed a recommendation that will see the Marineland and SkateZone sites and Marine Parade car park redeveloped into a skate park, 'Reef Garden' and amphitheatre. (Napier City Council)

Aquatic Centre scoops architecture awards – 15 Oct 2013 (PDF)
The Selwyn Aquatic Centre has won two awards at the 2013 Canterbury Architecture Awards, one for public architecture and another for sustainability. Judges praised the centre’s clear and direct design concept, the building’s sense of lightness and the heat recovery and ventilation systems, which reduce power use at the centre. (Selwyn District Council)

Useful Weblinks

Sport and Recreation Case Study Toolkit
Sport NZ has produced a new Sport and Recreation Case Study toolkit. The toolkit has been designed as an easy to use web-based resource to help sport and recreation organisations, facilities, and events understand and share the value of their organisations.

Coaching Association of Canada – Coaches Plan Magazine
In this current edition includes articles on the value women bring to the boardroom, technology for coaches, and the pitfalls of tweeting.

Gatorade Sports Science Institute: Ask the Expert (VIDEOS)
Interviews with sport science experts address the importance of sleep and genetics in athletic performance.