Course now to con­tinue in sport and recre­ation

Whangarei Report - - SPORT - with BRENT EAST­WOOD chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sport North­land

Late last year Northtec made a con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to dis­es­tab­lish (among other pro­grammes) their Sport and Recre­ation Course run out of the ASB Leisure Cen­tre in Whanga¯ rei.

The re­sponse from the sport and recre­ation sec­tor was swift and def­i­nite — many, sub­mis­sions from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions in the sec­tor were pre­sented to Northtec.

The thrust of the sub­mis­sions was the ef­fect not hav­ing the course would have on the sport and recre­ation work­force in North­land. Our fu­ture work­force would be un­likely to have the qual­ity it has now if the course was not op­er­at­ing.

Sport North­land sub­mit­ted on the pos­i­tive im­pact the course has had on their work­force — we are the big­gest em­ployer of grad­u­ates of the course (cur­rently 22 of Sport North­land’s per­ma­nent staff are Northtec grad­u­ates and well over 40 have been em­ployed by Sport North­land over the last 20 years), sig­nif­i­cantly more than any other course in the coun­try. As one of the coun­try’s top per­form­ing re­gional sports trusts, this is tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of stu­dents com­ing through the programme.

But the wider sec­tor also val­ues this lo­cally trained tal­ent — more than a dozen grad­u­ates are cur­rently work­ing in our mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions and dozens more have done so in the past and have now gone on to big­ger and bet­ter things.

The fit­ness in­dus­try (part of the sport and recre­ation sec­tor) is a big re­cruiter of Northtec sport and recre­ation grad­u­ates, with at least 38 (that we know of, but likely more) work­ing in var­i­ous roles in the fit­ness in­dus­try.

Oth­ers have gone on to work in aquat­ics, the out­doors, schools, ter­tiary, health, coach­ing, sports ad­min­is­tra­tion and events.

Northtec grad­u­ates do go on to many var­ied roles within the sec­tor, both within North­land, else­where in NZ and over­seas. The course is pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent train­ing ser­vice for the sec­tor.

Sport North­land also be­lieves the sport and recre­ation cam­pus at the ASB Leisure Cen­tre is one of the com­pet­i­tive advantages. Stu­dents are able to live-and-breath a real-life sports fa­cil­ity that fea­tures pur­pose-built fa­cil­i­ties for the course in ad­di­tion to daily ac­cess to the three-court in­door sta­dium, Kens­ing­ton Fit­ness and a mas­sive green space in Kens­ing­ton Park.

Stu­dents have ac­cess to Sport North­land and the re­gional sports or­gan­i­sa­tions for practicums and in­tern­ships. The sport and recre­ation sec­tor in North­land em­ploys more Northtec Sport and Recre­ation Course grad­u­ates than any other ter­tiary provider, pro­vid­ing a wealth of tal­ent.

The course has been con­tin­ued, but with some caveats around min­i­mum numbers. Sport North­land and Northtec have signed an agree­ment to part­ner in strength­en­ing the course go­ing for­ward.

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