Balance is Better

BALANCE IS BETTER

Balance is Better is a nationwide initiative designed to encourage participation in youth sport by creating positive sport experiences. The key to making positive change is listening to our tamariki and rangatahi to better understand what ingredients build a better sport experience.

 

Listening and Engaging with our Tamariki and Rangatahi

Working alongside youth sport leaders to understand the needs of their community.
Why do youth participate in sport?
Why don’t youth participate in sport?
What do youth want from sport?

 

A Locally-Led Approach

Balance is Better welcomes a locally-led approach, understanding that the needs of each region will be different due to multiple factors. Sport Whanganui will work with sports codes regionwide to help build a birds-eye picture of the common issues that impact youth sport participation. Sharing feedback from rangatahi across all codes can also lead to shared solutions between codes.

 

Schools are Part of the Solution

Engaging with schools to develop a more inclusive approach to sport is a key part of the solution. Working alongside schools and youth leaders to create a more engaging sports programme. Educating youth sports leaders about the purpose and benefits of the Balance is Better approach will create an opportunity for real change. Youth sports leaders are a channel to youth who are not participating in sport. Socialising the benefits of sports participation is an important factor in building inclusivity.

 

WHAT SUPPORT DOES YOUR SPORTS CODE NEED TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE?

  • Creating opportunities to share with parents, coaches, officials, and teachers what Balance is Better means and how they can create positive experiences
  • Sharing case studies and information on the impact of Balance is Better both regionally and nationally
  • Connecting sports codes to establish collaborative opportunities for our community

Contact Aidan O’Connor, Sport and Club Partnership Lead, for more information:
aidan@sportwhanganui.co.nz
022 098 2425

 

Check out the  Sport New Zealand Balance is Better webinars below:

Sport NZ is holding a series of five webinars to support coaches, administrators and parents to start thinking about how they can create a great environment for young people in sport once activity can open up as we move through the various COVID-19 alert levels.

Click here for more information on these webinars.

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER, 7PM
Webinar 1 – Getting child safeguarding right

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER, 7PM
Webinar 2 – Trials and selection processes in youth sport: What does good look like?

WEDNESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER, 7PM
Webinar 3 – The art and science of coaching young women

THURSDAY 30 SEPTEMBER, 7PM
Webinar 4 – Preparing for a successful season – What do coaches need to know?

WEDNESDAY 6 OCTOBER, 7PM
Webinar 5 – Setting our kids up for success and what it takes to be a Good Sports parent

 

BE PART OF THE FUTURE OF YOUTH SPORT.