26% of Manukau’s population is under 15 years of age. Many of these young people live in socio-economically deprived areas, attend low decile schools and many do not get the opportunity to participate in sport and physical recreation.
Despite this, Manukau has produced internationally-acclaimed sports-stars like Dame Valerie Adams, the late Jonah Lomu, Ruben Wiki, Scott Dixon, Kieran Read and Barbara Kendall.
Primary Sport is an initiative that helps to provide the environment that can nurture similar talent. It increases the opportunity for year 5 and 6 school children (aged between 9 and 11) in Manukau to participate in sport and physical recreation so that they can develop their skill and interest.
The programme was launched in Papatoetoe and Otara in September 2009 involving approximately 2,400 children and now engages over 20,000 children each year including students from Mangere and Otahuhu primary schools.
Provides opportunities for primary school children to be involved in sport and physical recreation by:
- Building after school sports programmes to complement in-school activities;
- Providing in-school opportunities with coaching support and skills training for teachers;
- Providing assistance to schools to encourage and facilitate inter- school sport competition;
- Building partnerships with providers working in the community who meet identified sporting needs of the primary cluster
- YIP – Youth Impact Programme, holiday programme where at-risk children who are invited to attend participate in sporting and other educational activities.
Links young people to sports clubs by:
- Encouraging and building links between school sports programmes and sports clubs;
- Linking participants to local sports clubs
Identifies and develops future sports champions by:
- Linking individuals to coaching and Counties Manukau Club Pathways
- Acknowledging and identifying talent at inter-school sports tournaments.
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You can also check out what the children have been doing on the Primary Sport Youtube Channel click here
Counties Manukau Sport
Phone: 09 281 2539
Mobile: 021 163 7242