WCC Sport Development Programme 2024

Photo of participants at a WCC Sport Development Programme workshop in 2023

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 teenage/rangatahi 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 and has helped numerous young athletes on their path to future successes. 


The selected athletes initially work together with "Raise My Game" to complete an Individual Performance Plan (IPP) for 2024 and beyond. 

Based on feedback from these sessions, Nuku Ora then works with facilitators to provide in-person group sessions on the following areas: 

  • Mental Skills 
  • Health & Wellbeing 
  • Sports Nutrition 
  • Strength & Conditioning (as required)

Alongside support for the athlete, Nuku Ora also holds a Parents Workshop to provide support for those supporting the athletes.

For further information,  click here to download the 2024 programme brochure. 

Programme Facilitators (More to be announced) 

E Tū Tāngata 

Performance Pantry – Sports Dieticians 

Raise  My Game 

Flow State

The great news is that, thanks to funding from Wellington City Council, this is all provided at no cost to the athlete! 

The basic criteria for athletes selected to be involved in the programme are: 

  • 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. 

  • Year 11 – 13 (as of 1/1/2024) 
  • Currently performing, or aspiring to play/compete for your school or club’s first team, and/or representative, national or international level of competition


How to apply? 
Click here  to complete the application form. 

The deadline for individual applications has been extended until 1 March 2024. 

Notification of application outcome 
Applicants will be notified by 1 March 2024 

Further information 
If you have any questions about this programme, please contactGrahamw@nukuora.org.nz  




Regional Sports Organisations are able to apply for funding to help with an existing programme that aligns with Balance is Better (BiB) principles or development of a programme that supports BiB 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. Successful organisations will receive up to $2,500 ex GST 

How to apply? 
Click here for application form.

The deadline for applications is 15 March, 2024. 

Notification of application outcome 
Applicants will be notified by 29 March, 2024.

Further information 
If you have any questions about this programme, please contactGrahamw@nukuora.org.nz