SportStart

 Sport Canterbury encourages schools, parents and sporting organisations to adopt a common approach, to create a generation of physically literate New Zealand children.

SportStart aims to improve young people’s physical literacy. This philosophy is based on developing fundamental movement and sports skills in tandem with critical thinking and communication skills.

What Is SportStart?

Developed at Sport Canterbury, SportStart is a resource and professional development package for schools and sports clubs.

Why is physical literacy important?

Physical literacy, facilitated through SportStart, is the development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills alongside critical thinking and communication skills.                            

This foundation is essential for the long term development of healthy, confident and competent young people. Our professional development programme assists teachers to think about how they will develop their young people, from when they enter primary school to when they leave.

Why do schools choose SportStart?

The SportStart package is based on two key philosophies:

  • Long Term Athlete Development
  • Physical Literacy

SportStart inspires teachers and coaches to get out and deliever fun, progressive, developmentally appropriate activities to young people. SportStart provides a menaingful resource of activities and a comprehensive user's guide.

SportStart empowers schools, teachers and coaches to plan a clear pathway for the development of young people so that they get active and want to stay active.

SportStart supports schools, teachers and coaches. It helps them implement their plan and deliver meaningful sessions by providing learning activities and in-depth, ongoing support through workshops and modelling sessions.

What role does SportStart play in your community?

SportStart inspires teachers and coaches to get out and deliver fun, progressive, developmentally appropriate activities to their young people by providing them with meaningful resource of activities and a thorough user's guide.

SportStart empowers schools, teachers and coaches to plan a clear pathway for the development of young people so that they get active and want to stay active.

SportStart supports schools, teachers and coaches to implement their plan and deliver meaningful sessions by providing learning activities (resource) and in depth, on-going support through workshops and modelling sessions.

What is the philosophy behind SportStart?

The SportStart package is based on two key philosophies:

  • Long Term Athlete Development
  • Physical Literacy

Why is physical literacy important?

Physical literacy, facilitated through SportStart, is the development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills alongside critical thinking and communication. Successful and rewarding participation in sport and physical activity, whether for enjoyment or competition relies on the development of all three skill areas. This foundation is essential for the long term development of healthy, confident and competent young people. Our professional development programme assists teachers to think about how they will develop their young people from when they enter primary school to when they leave.

What do teachers say about SportStart?

Teachers who have trained in SportStart in the past two years agree that SportStart is providing them with the guidance and the tools to make this happen.

"SportStart has given our staff confidence in knowing that they can pick up the resource and implement a Physical Education programme. It is a one stop shop! We have taken the SportStart planning model and made it our own so it fits our school. This has taken stress away from our teachers by providing a planning framework at each level. Teachers can take the template, find the appropriate activities and deliver their programme. Our KiwiSport Coordinator has also had the training and uses this resoure which means our Physical Education and KiwiSport programmes complement each other."  Teacher, Pleasant Point Primary School

What are the learning contexts within the resource?

The learning contexts within the SportStart resource are:

  • Warm Ups
  • Fundamentals
  • Movement/Gym
  • Athletics
  • Invasion Games
  • Net and Wall Games
  • Striking and Fielding Games
  • Target Games

The illustrated activity cards are easy to use and designed to enable the teacher/coach to deliver high quality programmes to their students/players. The users' guide provides background information on how thinking, moving and communicating skills can be used as part of an innovative physical education programme for the 21st century.

Contact Us

If you would like more information related to the SportStart professional development opportunity, please contact the Sport Canterbury staff member in your region.

Jess McJorrow
Christchurch
03 373 5044

Jack O'Connor
West Coast
03 974 5502

Janice Cochrane
Mid Canterbury
03 307 0475

Janine Roux
South Canterbury
03 929 2508

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