Issue 107 : 19 June 2022

Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo E Leilei, Tena Koutou, Hello ...

... and welcome to the latest issue of “For The Love Of The Game”, the official e-zine of the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc., founded in Wellington, New Zealand in 2017.

If you have any feedback on this issue, ideas for future articles, or would like to contact the Editor, please click here. And, you are invited to forward the e-zine to others you know, who may be interested in reading it. An archive of earlier editions of the e-zine can be found here. For those who follow Twitter, you can also follow the Association, @AmateurSportNZ.

If you are interested in applying for membership of the Association, please click here.

Harbour Sport Seminar Echoes Growing Club Concern ...

A well-attended seminar at Harbour Sport in Albany, Auckland on 8 June echoed growing national concerns over the severe impacts the new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 will have on amateur sport clubs operated by community volunteers.

Club representatives from badminton, baseball, lawn bowls, hockey, netball, rugby league, softball, table tennis, tennis and touch rugby discussed the legislative changes and how they would need to adapt their existing club governance and operations in order to comply. It was apparent (as evidenced by Association research), that clubs were generally unaware of the new law and how it would change their current policies, practices and procedures. As noted below, the Association’s current national series of seminars continues the week after next.

Silver Lake Deal Not Enough To Kick Rugby’s Pokie Habit ...

In a recent media article, Association Chair Gordon Noble-Campbell said that (based on Association research) on average, an amateur sport club relied on grant funding for about a quarter of its annual income. “Obviously, some will be more financially sound than others in terms of their operations, given their size, and reach into a community, the number of fee paying members, the sponsorships they can gain or the facilities they own, but for all clubs the question of where does the money come from is always a fundamental one.”

Rugby Union receives the biggest amount of pokie funding of any sport in New Zealand and despite a fresh cash injection from the Silver Lake deal, "newsroom" reports that clubs are committed to protecting that lucrative revenue stream. You can read newsroom’s story, here.

"Not For Profits" Not Up To Speed In Understanding New Legislation ...

A new report from "Grant Thornton" (a global network of independent accounting and consulting firms) on the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand reveals that, “many organisations do not yet have a strong grasp of all upcoming legislation, what’s required and the implications - particularly those impacted by the replacement of the Incorporated Societies Act and proposed changes from the recent release of the Charities Act Review. There is a very real possibility of exposure to risk if these entities don’t brush up on their responsibilities – and quickly.”

Report co-author, Barry Baker notes, “engagement with, and understanding of certain legislative changes has been unexpectedly low”. In the case of the Incorporated Societies Act 2022, Baker also notes, “there are financial penalties for non-compliance with the Act, and prison terms for more extreme cases.” You can dowload the Grant Thornton report, by clicking here.

Equipment Lending Centres Seen As Way To Increase Participation ...

The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of US$31.2 million over the next five years to create a network of sports equipment-lending-centres. The goal is to make accessible to all, in every region of the province, a full range of sport and recreational equipment.

The innovative programme has three components. The first is the purchase of equipment which will then be loaned free of charge to anyone who requests it. These purchases will be made, if possible, through local suppliers. The second component is the creation of a network of equipment-lending-centres, operated by regional organisations well-embedded in their communities. The third component is the creation of a database, used by the centres to coordinate the regions among themselves. You can read more about the programme, here.

Upcoming Seminars : Greater Wellington Region ...

For sports clubs in the greater Wellington region, the Association will (in collaboration with Nuku Ora) be presenting two new seminars on the Incorporated Societies Act 2022. The first of these will be an on-line (ZOOM) seminar on Tuesday, 28 June at 5.30pm. While this seminar is intended for clubs in the Wellington area, attendees from other areas are welcome to join, if convenient. To register for this seminar, you can contact the Association by clicking here

The second seminar will be in-person at 12.00pm on Wednesday, 6 July at the YMCA Masterton Inc & Community Emergency Hub, 371 Queen Street, Masterton. Again, if you are interested in attending this seminar, please click here to register your details.

Grant-Funding & Fund-Raising ...

At the recent seminar in Auckland referred to earlier in this newsletter, Richard Casutt, General Manager of Harbour Sport provided an insightful presentation on grant-funding and fund-raising. The slides he presented are provided with his permission for e-zine subscribers .

The slides also cover important insights and discussion points concerning how to identify and build club sponsorships. You can download the slide-pack, by clicking here.

From The Archives ...


Mr Harold Throp Was A Versatile Sportsman

“Mr Harold Throp, who died in Christchurch last week, was well known as a sportsman, especially in the 1920s and 1930s. Surf lifesaving, golf and hockey were Mr Throp’s main interests, hockey being the sport at which he achieved moat prominence. He played for Canterbury and the South Island in the early 1920s and would have probably gained national honours except that during his peak years no New Zealand hockey sides were selected. He later turned to hockey umpiring and in this role did achieve test status.

A versatile player, Mr Throp was associated mainly with the Sydenham club, He was a great student of hockey and was considered by many to be New Zealand’s leading theoretician of the game for many years. He also served for about 20 years on the management committee of the New Zealand Hockey Association.”

(Harold Throp and pictured right as a Canterbury Hockey representative in 1910)

Harold Throp was born in 1887, the son of Benjamin and Hannah Throp. Benjamin (a native of Halifax, U.K.) was the "Collector and Inspector of Nuisances" in the Borough of Sydenham, Christchurch, then Chief City Inspector.

The family lived at “Ngapara”, 178 Colombo Street. Harold had one brother, Charles and three sisters, Clara, Laura and Mildred. Harold attended Sydenham Public School. He married Minnie Eliza Kruse in 1915 and they had one daughter, Ngaire Sybil.

His hockey career began when he joined the “Hardware Thursday Club” (a mercantile sports club formed in 1893), in 1902. He was selected for the Canterbury junior representative team for two years prior to joining the Sydenham Club when he was included in the club’s senior team. He gained full representative status the same year and he was included in representative teams every year until 1922, when he relinquished playing.

(Throp, far left, was Secretary of the New Zealand Women's Tournament in 1934)

Harold had a long service on the Canterbury Hockey Association until he was elected to the executive of the New Zealand Association. He was also a New Zealand umpire and chairman of the Canterbury Women’s Hockey Association.

In addition to his hockey exploits, Throp was one of the early members of the Rawhiti Golf Club and won the club’s senior championship a number of times in the 1930s. He was also president, club captain, and handicapper of the club at different times. In later years he joined the Kaiapoi Golf Club. He had a long association with the New Brighton Surf Club and he was one of th e people whose fundraising efforts were largely responsible for establishing the club. Although not a great swimmer himself, he was an executive member for many years.

(Harold Throp, far right, selector the New Zealand University Hockey Team in 1929)

In 1948, Harold Throp retired from the “Canterbury Sports Depot” partnership he had been part of for most of his working life. He died on 4 September 1969 in his 82nd year.

The Final Word ...

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”

(Knute Rockne : 1888-1931)

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