Good Sports

What is Good Sports? 

Good Sports is a culture change initiative aiming to create positive sporting experiences for children by educating and supporting the key adult influencers in youth sport – in particular, parents. 

Good Sports was established out of recognition that supporting and educating adults is crucial to ensure Kiwi kids have the best chance of having positive sporting experiences and ultimately growing a lifelong love of sport.

Good Sports National Parent Project 

In partnership with Aktive, Good Sports is being incorporated into Sport NZ's national approach to parents. Good Sports is a well-established and highly regarded initiative, that was initially designed by Aktive as a Sport NZ funded Active Communities Project and then further developed over the last three years  

Good Sports is well aligned to Balance is Better and is a useful tool to bring the Balance is Better conversation to local communities and parents 

There are a number of different ways that partners are able to implement and be supported to bring Good Sports to their communities. Sport NZ will be rolling out Good Sports nationally over the next three years through our national and regional partner network.

Partners that would like to deliver Good Sports will receive accelerated support to:  

  • understand key youth sport issues that interrelate with parent involvement in youth sport (knowledge component)  
  • understand effective adult learning pedagogies (pedagogy component)  
  • develop effective interventions targeting parents (programme component)  
  • integrate Good Sports within their wider youth sport initiatives (system component).  

We will be phasing-in Good Sports over the next three years. Partners that would like to implement Good Sports in their communities should first contact their Sport Development Consultant. 

Good Sports resources and tools will be available to download over the coming months. 

We would like to reinforce that Good Sports represents only part of our overall approach to parents. Where partners wish to develop their own approach to providing information and development opportunities to parents that meet the needs of their communities there is no requirement to use Good Sports. For organisations that choose not to use Good Sports, Sport NZ will continue to provide them with support and resources. 


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