Good sports ben­e­fit Porirua com­mu­nity

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

More than $300,000 has been chan­nelled into Porirua com­mu­nity groups, schools and sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions through Ki­wiS­port, dur­ing the past three years.

The grants pro­vided via Ki­wiS­port have en­abled more than 18,000 school­child­ren from 27 pri­mary and six sec­ondary schools in the area the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and skills, said Sport Welling­ton chief ex­ec­u­tive Phil Gib­bons when he re­leased the tri-an­nual Ki­wiS­port report re­cently.

‘‘Ki­wiS­port has been a re­sound­ing success in the Welling­ton re­gion but more so in Porirua with 99 per cent of the schools re­ceiv­ing Ki­wiS­port funded pro­grammes or projects,’’ he said.

‘‘We look for­ward to the next three years where we can con­sol­i­date th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties at the grass­roots and devel­op­men­tal lev­els. Play­ing reg­u­lar sport gives chil­dren a wide range of ben­e­fits which in­di­rectly im­pact the com­mu­nity as a whole.’’

Ki­wiS­port’s largest in­vest­ment in the area has been to Porirua City Coun­cil for de­liv­ery of the Stu­dent Sport Tran­si­tion Project. The project aims to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion, train­ing, sup­port and fa­cil­i­tate con­nec­tions to de­velop a seam­less tran­si­tion (and par­tic­i­pa­tion) in sport through and be­yond school, in the hope of re­duc­ing the drop off in sports by stu­dents in their later years of school.

An­other Ki­wiS­port pro­gramme con- cen­trat­ing on ocean water sports en­abled se­nior pupils from Rus­sell School spend a morn­ing keel­boat sail­ing on Welling­ton Har­bour in De­cem­ber, as part of a ‘‘fi­nal push’’ be­fore leav­ing pri­mary school for in­ter­me­di­ate.

Rus­sell School prin­ci­pal Sose An­nan­dale said the pro­gramme was of im­mense ben­e­fit for the chil­dren.

‘‘The chal­lenge of such sports for the chil­dren is when they are out of their com­fort zone it gives them a huge sense of con­quer­ing their in­ner fear and in turn en­ables the thought, trig­ger or mes­sage that they can do any­thing.’’

Sport Welling­ton’s Ki­wiS­port man­ager Peter Wood­man-Aldridge said com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion last year to as­sess the va­lid­ity of the project con­cluded the pro­grammes were hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the re­gion and the num­ber of school-aged chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport.

‘‘ More school- age kids are be­ing in­volved in sports. More teach­ers and par­ents are trained as coaches and more com­mu­nity and sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions are part­ner­ing with schools to pro­vide sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties. This has been fan­tas­tic for the chil­dren in­volved and the com­mu­nity as a whole,’’ he said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for round 10 of Ki­wiS­port fund­ing in the Welling­ton Re­gion closes on March 18. Po­ten­tial ap­pli­cants should see www. sport welling­ton.org.nz/ki­wis­port.

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