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Welcome to the April 2017 Edition of Sport Connector

In this edition we bring you the do's and don'ts of moving kids into older age groups, along with details on the latest KiwiSport Open Fund round.

And don't forget to submit your nominations for the 2017 Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards, nominations close on April 21st!
Reward Your Achievers and Celebrate Success!
Nominations for the 2017 Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards are still open. It’s time to celebrate excellence and recognise who, over the past year, has been achieving in your sport.

Nominations close on April 21st at 12pm.

Make a nomination here.
KiwiSport Open Fund - Apply Now
Sport Wellington invites schools, clubs, sports and community organisations to apply for the latest Wellington KiwiSport OPEN FUND round. 

Through the Wellington KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund (2015-18), Sport Wellington has been responsible for the distribution of approximately $2.6 million.
KiwiSport aims to:
  • Increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children
  • Support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport
Applications close on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Click here to apply and find more information.
Should My Child Play Up? The Do’s and Don’ts of Moving Kids to Older Age Groups

Should the most talented ones play up an age or two?
Should girls train and play with boys?
When does this additional challenge help a player’s development, and when does it hinder?

These are all questions that are well worth exploring so that parents, coaches and clubs can make the right decisions for the young athletes in their care. Read more here.

From Whanganui to Tokyo 2020

Max Brown certainly has some big goals in mind. He's off to the World U23 Championships in Romania this July to compete in the New Zealand U23 K4 crew, but his longer term goal is the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. 

Click here to read about Max's journey.

Physical Literacy - A Journey Through Life
The clock is ticking; we want every child to be happy, healthy and confident, both now and for their future. Unfortunately without the right skills, confidence and motivation to be physically active, the chances of this are far less likely.

That is why we want every child to be physically literate, it is as important to a young person’s future as reading and writing.
It means that a child will take part in sport and physical activity throughout life, allowing them to stay healthy, but also providing lots of other benefits and opportunities.

To help our children become physically literate, we all need to act now. Each and everyone one of us has a part to play in helping a child discover what they can do, before they give up and turn into couch potatoes.

Read more here.
Wairarapa Student Plans & Delivers Squash Holiday Programme

Grace is a year 13 student at Chanel College and one of the region's top junior squash players. In January, when most students were enjoying the last of their holidays, Grace planned and ran her own holiday programme based around her favourite sport.

About 20 primary school aged children attended the three-day programme. All the lessons were planned by Grace. "There was nothing happening over the school holidays and I wanted to do something that was fun and positive".

Click here to read more about Grace's first coaching programme.

Volunteers Wanted for Rugby League World Cup

Volunteer recruitment for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Tournament is underway. Wellington is scheduled to host one of the quarter-final matches on November 18th. There is a variety of roles including match day operations, team support, spectator services, workforce coordination, referee liaison, and many more!  
The work experience gained by volunteering at high profile events can be invaluable. This is a great opportunity to work in a high pressure, professional sporting environment, while having fun at the same time. Many previous event volunteers who now work in sports administration or events can point to their volunteering experience as the beginning of their career path.
For more information on how to volunteer at the event and the roles available, please click here.

Non-For-Profit Finance Forum

Leading the Agile Organisation - Being ‘agile’ is all about putting people first – an organisation wide approach to responding to rapid change.

Topics covered at this forum include; managing constitutional and operational change, the new Financial Reporting Standards and their impact on the sector one year in, Chief Financial Officers and governance, and leading your team to deliver outstanding outcomes in 2017 through building a financial growth plan.

More information.

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