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Sport culture and identity

Connecting globally

Sport culture and identity

Connecting globally

Learning Intentions

Major sports, are sometimes described as being like a country in their own right. Each sport has its own culture, collective identity and the potential to have a positive impact on society.

Learning intentions for this experience are:

  • Understand how major sport events can help shape culture and collective identity.

Kōrero | Discussion

  • What do you know about the teams who played in in your chosen major event?
  • Which countries are you most curious about?
  • Which countries do you have a connection with?
  • What do you know about the culture in that country?
  • What do you know about the history your chosen sport in that country?
  • What do you know about the role your chosen sport has in the culture of the country?

Ngā ngohe | Activities

Once upon a sport…

Research one of the following:

  • Early forms of recreation and sport.
  • History of a sport of your choice.
  • History of the national team for your sport.

Discover the following:

  • Investigate games like your chosen sport that were played in other times and places.
  • When were rules of international association introduced for your sport?
  • What were the differences in how the game was played before the rules were agreed?

Create a recording, display or presentation.

Level playing field

Choose one of these organisations:

  • The national body for your sport.
  • The international body for your sport

For your chosen organisation, investigate:

  • What is its role?
  • How does your chosen organisation support local sport?
  • What is the relationship between these organisations?
  • How are cultural values and tikanga represented in your sport and its major eventa?

Draw, write or record a summary of your research.

Scoring social goals

  • Review the United Nations' 17 sustainable development goals and identify how your sport can help achieve some of these goals.
  • Draw or make a set of goal posts.
  • Add the sustainable development goals you have selected.

Kuputaka | Glossary:

Tikanga: Protocol.

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