Good Sports® is an initiative aiming to create positive sporting experiences for Kiwi kids by supporting and educating the key adult influencers in children’s sport: parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers and sport leaders.
Both practitioners and researchers supporting Good Sports agree that issues in children’s sport, such as poor side-line behaviour, early onset of overuse injury, burnout and disaffection with sport, stem from adult involvement in children’s sport (even despite the best of intents) and can ultimately hinder success on and off the field.
Sport can be a vehicle to help children to be active, healthy and learn life skills; critical in the success of these things happening, is the quality of support that adults provide children in sport.
To address these issues and give Kiwi kids the greatest chance of developing a lifelong love of sport, Good Sports believes we need to raise adults’ awareness about their behaviours in children’s sport, and if necessary, promote a positive shift in that behaviour.
We do understand that this isn’t the case for everyone. There are many examples of adults who create quality sporting experiences for young people every day. Unfortunately, problems in kids sport prevail enough for a collective call to address these issues.
The Good Sports programme was designed by Aktive Auckland and is now delivered by Sport Taranaki, supported by a cross code steering group made up of representatives from Rugby, Hockey, Athletics, Rugby League, Skate Sport, Football and Taranaki Secondary School Sports Association.
Resources, workshops and branding are currently being developed to spread the Good Sports messages across Taranaki. The poster below is available for sport codes to download and display. More resources and training workshops will be available in the coming months.
To download the post please click on the poster:
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Good Sports is led by Aktive, and funded by Sport New Zealand, New Zealand Community Trust, Massey University and AUT University.