Find information and resources to help with planning, club management, governance, and coaching.

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Sport New Zealand programmes

Sport NZ supports play, active recreation and sport organisations to manage the many aspects of their business processes, develop their leadership and people, shape policy and help ensure compliance. Access best practice tools, resources and research – from governance to future thinking – to help guide and develop your organisation.

Balance is Better

Balance is Better is an evidence-based approach. The focus of the philosophy is on why young people play sport – to have fun, be challenged, develop and improve, be part of a team or group, and enjoy time with friends.

Sport NZ works with the sector to provide quality experiences in sport for all tamariki and rangatahi (young people aged 5-18), including for those who enjoy competition as well as those who just want to have fun.

Balance is Better | Sport NZ

Good Sports

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.

Good Sports | Sport NZ

Operational guidance

Sport NZ offers resources and templates to help sporting clubs set up their organisations and identify areas of improvement.

Club Management | Sport NZ

Incorporated Societies

Guidance on requirements for setting up your sports club as an incorporated society – includes the benefits and legal obligations involved.

Information about the Incorporated Societies Act 2022 and Regulations | Sport NZ

Health & Safety

Sport New Zealand has gathered a range of health and safety information and resources for clubs and organisations, including a health and safety toolkit, policy guides, and free online training.

Health and Safety | Sport NZ

Leadership and governance training

The Wheelhouse

The Wheelhouse aim is to help Taranaki community organisations have important conversations about their direction, or like a pilot, assist the crew for a short time. They are all about empowering you to make a difference in your community. We work with The Wheelhouse to deliver training and leadership opportunities.

The Wheelhouse

Lighthouse Leaderships

Lighthouse Leaderships provides leadership training, mentoring and resources to help develop your leadership skills.

Lighthouse Leaderships Consultancy

NZ Navigator

This tool allows you to assess how your organisation is functioning from a governance standpoint, allowing feedback from multiple sources within your organisation.

NZ Navigator Online Self-Assessment

Coaching resources

Useful information for aspiring and experienced coaches in the Whanganui, Rangitikei and Ruapehu regions.

Good Sports coaching resources

Aktive Auckland has produced a range of Good Sports coaching resources for coaches and parents, including hand-outs, online training modules and tools in different languages.

Aktive Resource Hub

Coach Developer Training

Sport Whanganui leads the regional Coach Developer Trainer programme – a Sport NZ coach pathway for coaches with experience and aspiration.

Coach developers toolbox | Sport NZ

LevelUp: A toolkit for coaching disabled athletes

LevelUp is for coaches to gain confidence, knowledge, capability and creativity to coach disabled athletes. It includes a series of online modules for coaching disabled athletes no matter whether you are just starting out or want to grow your skills. 

LevelUp | Paralympics NZ


A free mobile app for coaches and sports organisations, available in iOS and Android. CoachMate is for every coach at any stage. Full of easy-to-follow practice plans, videos, tips and tools to help with planning, scheduling and tracking your athlete’s progress.

Download CoachMate on the Apple App Store

Download CoachMate on the Google Play Store

Disability sport resources

Sport New Zealand Disability Sport offers information about disability sport funding and resources at a national level, guided by the 2019 Disability Plan.

The Inclusivity Hub provides a range of resources for organisations and individuals wanting to start or progress on their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) learning journey.

Information on disability resources | Sport NZ

Halberg Foundation

The Halberg Foundation aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled young people by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation. Halberg Active is a ‘one stop information shop’ for physically disabled young people and their families. This includes information about funding, programmes and events such as the Halberg Games, inclusion training, and funding through the Halberg Activity Fund.

Visit the Halberg Foundation website

Special Olympics

Special Olympics New Zealand is first and foremost a sports organisation but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit; as well as a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving quality of life.

The sports provided in Whanganui are:

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Powerlifting

If you are interested in any of these or would like to volunteer please check out the Special Olympics Whanganui Facebook page.

Special Olympics New Zealand