Sport Development Programme

Photo of participants at a WCC Sport D Programme workshop in 2022


The Wellington City Council Sport Development Programme is designed to empower young Wellington athletes to actively pursue their goals in sport and in life.

Guided by the Balance is Better principles, this programme focuses on the holistic development of athletes. It is founded on the belief that the diversity of experiences and opportunities participants are exposed to will form beliefs that will influence their performance in sport and in life.

The WCC Programme has been running in partnership with Nuku Ora since 2007. Up until 2023, the programme has been targeted specifically at Regional Sports Organisations who have been able to apply for funding to support specific athletes in their sport. Alongside continued funding for sports organisations, the council would in 2023, like to provide the opportunity for individual athletes to apply to become involved in the programme.

The great news is that this is all provided at no cost to the athlete!

Athletes will be approached by their college and/or their respective sport to see if they'd like to apply for the 2023 intake but if you think you meet the following criteria and you haven't been approached, please complete the application form at the bottom of this page.

The basic criteria for an athlete to be involved in the programme is:

  • Reside within the Wellington City Council boundary, and is a member of, or affiliated to a Wellington-based College, Club or Organisation, or represent Wellington at the date of this application. PLEASE NOTE: Wellington City Council will accept applications from athletes outside of Wellington City, but priority will be given to those inside the boundaries and a maximum allowance of 20% of successful athletes can reside outside the boundaries. 
  • Submit a complete application
  • Year 11 – 13 (as of 1/1/2023)
  • Currently performing, or aspiring to play/compete for your school or club’s first team, and/or representative, national or international level of competition


The successful applicants will be able to access:

  • An Individual Performance Plan (IPP) via the Raise My Game Training
  • Physical Movement screening (If required from IPP)
  • Access to health & wellbeing workshops
  • Access to mental skills workshops
  • Access to strength & conditioning fundamentals (If required from IPP)
  • Talks from professional/elite athletes from within the Wellington region (TBC)


How do athletes apply to be part of this programme?

Athletes will need to complete the online application form that can be found here . As part of this form, they will require the permission of their parent/guardian to be involved as well as ensuring their coach/athlete support person is aware of the requirements of the programme.

For more information please read this doc: Athlete information

Applications close at COB on Monday 13 March.


If you have any questions about this programme, please contact 

Regional Sport Organisations Funding

Wellington City Council and Nuku Ora have reviewed the Sport Development programme and determined that we’d like to see more sports and athletes accessing the programme to increase the reach to include more rangatahi. On that basis, the 2023 programme will provide an opportunity for Regional Sports Organisations and individual athletes to apply to be involved (as outlined above).

What does this mean for Sports?

As per previous years, Regional Sports Organisations will be able to apply for funding to help with an existing programme targeting emerging athletes year 11 and above and/or costs associated with youth development and progression in their sport. 

Athletes signed up to your sport specific programme will be able to access all the opportunities provided by the individual athlete development programme. This means sports will not have to look to provide their own Sport Psychology workshops etc which may have been a major budget item for sports in the past.

Click on this link for more information and to download the application form: RSO WCC Sport D prog application 

Applications close on 17 February 2023. Successful organisations will receive up to $2,500.

If you have any questions, please contact