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All New Zealanders have the right to participate in sport in a safe, fair and inclusive environment.
All young people should receive a quality sport experience, irrespective of the level at which they are involved.
Bold and courageous leadership at national, regional and local levels is required to design and deliver quality youth sport participation and development opportunities.
Aotearoa’s sport sector must work collaboratively to encourage the widest possible change for the wellbeing and sport participation of young New Zealanders.
Sport leaders, coaches, administrators, parents, and caregivers involved in youth sport must collectively lead attitudinal change.
All young people should be offered participation and skill development opportunities.
All young people should be supported to participate in a range of activities and play multiple sports.
Talent Identification should occur later in young people’s development; reviewing the role and nature of national and regional representative selections and tournaments is an important step in ensuring elite sport attitudes and practices are introduced at developmentally appropriate times.
Adults need to proactively monitor and manage the workload (intensity and volume) of motivated young people to mitigate the risks of overtraining and overloading.
Sport NZ is committed to improving the opportunities, value and visibility for women and girls. In 2018, the New Zealand Government launched the Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation Strategy to address inequalities faced by women and girls in participation, wider involvement and visibility in sport and active recreation in Aotearoa.
1.Sport NZ Active NZ 2017 Main Report
Do you understand the wants, motivations and barriers of the girls and young women that you support to play sport?
There are various reasons girls and young women play sport and want to be physically active: