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Community sport strategy

Our Community Sport Strategy aims to get more New Zealanders participating and volunteering in sport and active recreation.

New Zealand’s first national Community Sport Strategy, launched in 2009, paved the way for the provision of dedicated national support to young people and adult participation across New Zealand.

Five years on, Sport NZ has learnt much about the opportunities and challenges of Community Sport and the role of different stakeholders in delivering sporting opportunities to New Zealanders, including its own role in leading change.

To better understand this, we have:

  • worked with and learnt from our sector partners
  • focused our research efforts
  • developed a number of international connections.

This strategy is the culmination of five years of learning, new evidence and scanning good practice at home and abroad. Sport NZ aims to sustain the positive momentum that has been created and lead the New Zealand sports sector in taking the next step in the evolution of Community Sport.


  • The current state of community sport
  • A case for change
  • Focus areas and strategic outcomes
  • Strategic priorities
  • Investment principles

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