Good Sports aims to create positives sporting experiences for Kiwi kids by supporting and educating the key adult influencers in children’s sport: parents, coaches, teachers and sport administrators.
Both practitioners and researchers supporting Good Sports agree that issues in children's sport, such as poor side-line behaviour, early onset of overuse injury, burnout and disaffection with sport, stem from adult involvement in children’s sport and can ultimately hinder success on and off the field. To address these issues and give Kiwi kids the greatest chance of developing a lifelong love of sport, just as you may do, Good Sports believes we need to raise adults’ awareness about their behaviours in children’s sport, and if necessary promote a positive shift in that behaviour.
Whether you want to help your child be the next Richie McCaw or Lisa Carrington, or you view sport as a vehicle to help children to be active, healthy and learn life skills; critical in the success of these things happening, is the quality of support that adults provide children in sport.
What does quality support for children in sport look like?
We have developed a tool to help adults understand and reflect on how they impact children in sport. This tool is called the Good Sports Spine. Have a look and see if you fall under the Climate of Development or Climate of Performance.
See more about the Good Sports Spine.
Do I need to change?
Good Sports advocates for adult behaviours and attitudes in children’s sport to always fall under a Climate of Development. Whether you are a parent, coach, teacher and/or sport administrator involved in children’s sport, being under a Climate of Development ensure children have the best chance of having positive sporting experiences and ultimately growing a lifelong love with sport.
How can I promote change in others?
Good Sports is led by Aktive – Auckland Sport and Recreation, and funded by Sport New Zealand, New Zealand Community Trust, Massey University and AUT University.