First Blue Light Games on this week­end

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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.

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