Activating Kids in the Selwyn District

The Selwyn Sports Trust is determined to add value for local families with sport and recreation opportunities – and a team of physical activity activators will make sure these opportunities continue to grow.

“Selwyn Physical Activity  Activators are working with existing community leaders to influence change and create opportunities,” says Mike Wilson of the Selwyn Sports Trust.

The project began with a process of consultation, engaging local preschools and parents, primary and secondary schools, Lincoln University’s sport scholarship programme, local soprts clubs such as Waikirikiri Sport, spaces and places such as Foster Park, Selwyn Sports Trust and Selwyn District Council.

The pilot programme kicked off at Clearview Primary and Rolleston Christian School in 2016, engaging their 700+ students with a variety of physical activity opportunities. Currently, four Activators are engaging with 7,700 local students across 27 schools.

“In a short time, we have seen a significant impact from the Activators’ work in schools, with local sports clubs and other community organisations. They have helped to build connections that will have a long-term impact on participation in physical activity for our young people.”

Sport Canterbury’s Physical Activity Leaders (PALs), Sport Start and Coach Developer programmes have given the Activators platforms to build momentum. 

Since 2017, the team has organised Fundamental Movement Skills and Sport Spectacular events, reaching hundreds of students. They have also delivered school fundamental skill days and organise a Selwyn weekly sports module in terms 2 and 3, removing traditional barriers of time, cost and transport, for Selwyn families in 2018. This is weekly sport with a twist – six week blocks with a four-week skill development component and two-week barbarian style team games.

Hororata School Principal Marty Gameson commented on the Activator's success at his school.

“The Activator has made a real difference by keeping us up to date with sporting/physical activity opportunities available for our students in the community. The students themselves love her, and she is super encouraging, positive and makes it fun for the kids. Is there any chance we could increase her hours so she can have a greater impact within our community?”