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Happy People, Better Players

This article is shared by Player Development Project In this article, former Chelsea FC & Portsmouth FC academy player, Jack Burns opens up about the harsh realities around pursuing sport as a career & how athlete welfare and happiness...
Sports Parents

Making Sense of Youth Sport

As you delve deeper into understanding the issues and challenges in youth sport today, it becomes clear – it’s complex. So how best to make sense of this complexity? Well, start with the children’s needs for one, and...
Development & Performance

The Value of Values

This article is shared by Player Development Project Values represent what we believe is important in life. In this article, Research Associate Hanna Eggestrand and Player Development Project Lead Researcher James Vaughan explore basic human values and how...

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Sports Parents

A message to Kiwi Coaches

COVID-19 has meant thousands of Kiwi kids have missed out on sport and the wellbeing benefits it provides. As we move closer to the return of community sport, coaches will play a critical role in inspiring, connecting and...

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Welcome
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of youth sport
in New Zealand.

Whether you are a parent, coach, administrator or leader
in youth sport, Balance is Better is for you.

Balance is Better offers a fresh way of thinking for those involved in delivering youth sport in New Zealand. With teen participation levels declining, it’s about creating quality experiences for all young people to keep them active and in the game.

Balance is Better focusses on how to encourage participation at all levels and develop skill at the right pace. With a mix of articles, interviews, case studies and videos from specialists, endorsed by Sport New Zealand, Balance is Better is a way to keep up with the play on the latest advice from trusted sources.

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Development & Performance

Valuing Discomfort

This article is shared by Player Development Project Many world-class performers tell stories of discomfort, rejection and failure at some point in their past. Is this coincidence? Player Development Project Lead Researcher, James Vaughan discusses the importance of discomfort as...
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Coaching Fundamentals

How do I develop individual learning plans for players?

This video is shared by Player Development Project The question this week comes from Jody, via the Player Development Project Facebook page: “How do you develop individual learning plans, and then evaluate them?” Image Credit: Sport NZ
Sports Parents

Research: Bullying and the Peer Group

This article is shared by Player Development Project Research Paper By: Christina Salmivalli The Big Idea This review paper was published in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior.  Its subject is bullying.  While its context is the classroom, what is...
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Development & Performance

Youth Development in Rugby with Russell Earnshaw

This video is shared by Player Development Project. This interview features former England U18 Rugby Coach and International 7’s player, Russell Earnshaw. Player Development Project Editor, Dave Wright dives into a conversation with Russell on the types of...
Development & Performance

Talking Performance with Jay Carter

Jay Carter is NZ Golf’s National Coach. Recently, Jay, alongside celebrated sport psychologist and friend David Galbraith, started the community and podcast, Talking Performance. Jay sat down with Andy Rogers*, National Coaching Consultant at Sport New Zealand to talk about...
Coaching Fundamentals

What Can Coaches Learn from Steve Kerr?

This article is shared by Player Development Project In this article, Player Development Project Technical Advisor, Dan Wright examines the methodology of a modern basketball coaching legend, Steve Kerr. Steve Kerr knows about basketball.  He is a seven-time...
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Development & Performance

How do I help develop a physically mature young player?

This video is shared by Player Development Project The question this week comes from David, via the Player Development Project Facebook Page: “How can I help develop a physically mature young player? Image Credit: Sport NZ

What can you
do to help?

Keep up with the play on the latest thinking, advice
and coaching tips from trusted sources.
For Coaches

Keep winning in perspective and focus on developing a love of sport.

For Parents

Working together we can provide a positive sporting environment for our kids.

For Administrators

As leaders we need to be bold and courageous to tackle the change needed.


Sports Parents

Dream It and Achieve It: Zoe & Jayden Fleming

Elette Fleming, proud mum to two of New Zealand’s exciting young BMX talents Zoe and Jayden Fleming, reflects on the importance of being a supportive parent and, above all, giving our kids life skills. Elette remembers the day...
Sports Parents

The Angst & Urgency of Talent Development

This article is shared by Player Development Project Developing talent is a complex journey for both player and coach. Founder of TOVO Academy & regular PDP contributor, Todd Beane discusses the dangers of looking into the past for answers to...
Case Studies

Case Study: Kayla Imrie

In this Balance is Better Case Study, we spoke to top New Zealand Kayaker, Kayla Imrie on her developmental journey from multiple sports, to the Rio Olympics. There’s not much that Kayla Imrie hadn’t tried before she settled...

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