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Physical activity in schools and kura

Why is physical activity important?

Sport NZ is committed to supporting schools and kura so all students can access quality physical activity experiences and enjoy being active in ways that suit them. This enhances their learning and contributes to their wellbeing. 

We know physically active tamariki and rangatahi experience:  

  • enhanced social connection and relationships  
  • improved sense of belonging and identity  
  • better engagement in school-based activities  
  • enhanced physical wellbeing  
  • enhanced mental health and wellbeing  
  • improved school achievement and attendance.   
What is quality physical activity?

Within the education setting there are numerous opportunities to ensure tamariki and rangatahi have access to enriching physical activity experiences.  

That could be through ensuring the delivery of quality health and physical education, integrating movement into other learning areas, providing quality sport experiences, ensuring there is space and time to play, or connecting to Te Ao Māori through te taiao (the environment).   

We support schools in a number of ways to develop quality physical activity environments including resources, funding and support, and programmes and initiatives.


Funding and support

Specific support for your school

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