First Blue Light Games on this weekend
New Zealand Blue Light, the youth charity that works in partnership with theNew Zealand Police, is holding the inaugural Blue Light U15 Games across Tauranga and Mount Maunganui on the weekend.
School teachers and sports directors have expressed the lack of opportunities for Year 9 and 10 students to compete at a non-elite level and have identified this age group as a key time for students to disengage from sport. In response, the U15 Games targets these students providing fun, fast and friendly competition across four codes: touch rugby, fast five netball, futsal and golf.
Ahighlight of the games will be the inclusion of uniformed officers in running the tournament. The opening ceremony features a police dog demonstration.
Local colleges include Aquinas College, Tauranga Girls’ and Tauranga Boys’ Colleges, Papamoa College and Te Whare Kura oMauao.
The inaugural event involves over 300 competitors plus coaches, volunteers and supporters. Fun, fair play and wha¯nau are core U15 games values: Fun through sport, fair play through attitude, and wha¯nau through appreciating teammates, coaches and mentors. Amajor prize will be awarded to teams that best displays these values.
The games are on November 28-30 throughout Tauranga and MountMaunganui.