Good Sports® aims 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 and can ultimately hinder success on and off the field. 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 all know 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.
Initially designed by Aktive (Auckland Sport and Recreation) as a Sport NZ-funded Active Communities Project, in partnership with Aktive, Good Sports has been incorporated into Sport NZ’s national approach to parents.
The two different 'climates' should be viewed as opposite ends of a continuum. Good Sports advocates for adults to move towards the Climate of Development.
Some questions for adults to consider are:
What's your voice on the sideline?
Should we grow the person or the player?
Should selection be based on current ability or future potential?
Does winning mean every child has had fun?
How do you talk to coaches and referees?
Do your actions affect your child's experience positively or negatively?
Nuku Ora, alongside Capital Football, are leading the Good Sports approach for the Wellington region; partnering with many sporting organisations and colleges across the region to deliver on the Collective’s kaupapa. Each of these organisations are committed to the Wellington region’s Good Sports initiative over the next two years.
If you would like to know more please contact Nuku Ora's Community Development Lead - Play & Parent Education, Marie Kinloch on Mariek@nukuora.org.nz
The Good Sports Spine is a sense-making tool to help adults understand how they impact children's sport experiences.
The Wellington Good Sports Collective includes Capital Football, Capital Basketball, Netball Central, Tennis Central, Cricket Wellington, Wellington Rugby, Wellington Hockey Association, College Sport Wellington, Kāpiti College, Upper Hutt College, Newlands College, and St Patricks College Silverstream.
More information to come.