Issue 44 : 1 December 2019

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. We hope you enjoy reading the articles below. 

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National Sport Club Survey Seminars ...

Last month, the Association presented the initial findings from its 2019 National Sport Club Survey, undertaken in partnership with AUT, at well-attended seminars in Auckland and Wellington. Across both locations, representatives of 18 different sporting codes took the opportunity of participating in wide-ranging discussions concerning financial health, membership, facilities, sponsorship, management, governance and the concept of amateurism.

(Dr. Michael Naylor, AUT and John Morrison, Association Board Member)

Comparisons were made to a similar survey undertaken by Sport England in 2018, revealing that New Zealand Sport Clubs are more than twice as likely to "own their own home" compared to English Clubs, with a higher proportion of New Zealand Sport Clubs grappling with the challenges arising from "shrinking membership" compared to those in England.

The Association acknowledges the generous sponsorship and support of Pinnacle Corporation, Dynasty Sport, Expert Services and Unlimited Limited, without whose contribution the 2019 survey and seminars would not have been possible.

Further regional seminars will be undertaken in early March 2020.

“Nine-To-Noon” To Explore Survey Results ...

Association Chairman, Gordon Noble-Campbell will appear on Radio New Zealand National’s "Nine-To-Noon" programme with host Kathryn Ryan this Monday at 9.20am to discuss the results of the National Sport Club Survey and the role of the Association in advocating for amateur sport across New Zealand’s diverse sporting communities.

You can listen to RNZ National on-line, by clicking here.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand Joins Association ...

The Association is delighted to welcome Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) as its latest National Sport Organisation (NSO) member. SLSNZ is the charity representing 74 Surf Life Saving Clubs in New Zealand, with around 17,000 members nationally.

SLSNZ is a club-based community organisation that provides community service and sport. National Sport Manager, Lewis McClintock notes that the organisation is “heavily reliant on volunteers to run our Clubs, deliver our lifeguarding service and participate in our events.”

Upper Hutt "Community Sports Bank" Opens ...

On Sunday, 24 November, Association Members, Wellington City Mission and Upper Hutt City Council, opened the Upper Hutt Community Sports Bank, in collaboration with Orongomai Marae, at Maidstone Park.

The "Community Sports Bank" is a Wellington region-wide initiative led by the Wellington City Mission to ensure everybody can get the sports equipment they need to be "part of the game", especially young people.

In noting the barriers that poverty creates to sport participation, the "Child Poverty Action Group" notes that, "sport makes a significant difference to young lives: it contributes to young people’s health and, therefore, their development; it involves engaging with other young people in a positive way, thereby helping to avoid trouble; and it encourages concentration, motivation and other learning skills that help their education, as well as their working and social lives."

Association Heads To 2019 SMAANZ Conference In Christchurch ...

The Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (or "SMAANZ") was founded in November 1995 with the principal aim of encouraging scholarly inquiry into sport management related research and to provide the opportunity to present results from this research. SMAANZ conducts an annual conference, this year in Christchurch, to facilitate the presentation of sport management related research.

In 2019, for the first time, a special programme has been put together with the support of the Association for Canterbury’s sport professionals. The “Sport Industry Programme” features the SMAANZ Industry Award Presentation, a parallel session featuring a choice of three timely and important topics, followed by a Keynote Address by Iain Potter, CEO of New Zealand Basketball.

Viewpoint: “ROI” Is About More Than The Financial Outcome ...

Over 100 years ago, United States chemical giant Du Pont formulated "return-on-investment" (or "ROI") as a calculation to measure the financial performance of a business. 100 years later, "ROI" is an important consideration of elite sport where funding relies on results. However the expression can also be re-constituted to describe the important social-equity created by amateur sport in the community, as illustrated by the image below.

The "DuPont Method" as it became known was the idea of Frank Donaldson Brown with the "ROI" formula (“bang for buck”, based on a "break-even" point) becoming the basis of decisions on where to deploy capital, with the ultimate goal of growing business equity value. Calculating the social-equity value created through community-based sport requires a different mind-set. With most inputs to (and outputs from) community sport organisations delivered on an unpaid basis, different qualitative measures (as shown above) are required to determine value-creation.

(Frank Donaldson Brown, the accountant behind "return-on-investment")

Poverty Bay Offers Values-Based Tournament Experience ...

In October, Association Member the “Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council”, assisted the Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union in hosting the 47th annual Tournament for the Don Broughton Shield and Saracens Cup for Under 16 players within the Hurricanes region.

10 teams, representing the region’s eight Provincial Unions were hosted on local marae where they learned about Māoritanga and the values associated with "manakitanga" (showing respect, generosity and care for others). The Tournament highlighted that the "rugby pathway" is less about a short-term career destination; rather, it is all about a sporting journey throughout life.

You can view a short video capturing the spirit of the Tournament, by clicking here.

From The Archives ...



“Lacking the boisterous atmosphere and quaint nomenclature of its cousin, the "roarin' game" of curling, bowls has other qualities that place it in the company of lawn tennis and golf as a favourite outdoor sport. If all the bowlers in New Zealand could be mustered on one piece of ground they would make, in numbers, a good-sized army.

A bowling green in full use has an atmosphere all its own. There is the broad level green - rather parched just now, but the green nevertheless - in its pleasant setting of hedges, rockeries and hospitable pavilion. Often it is a really beautiful place. The free-and-easy garb of players and onlookers, the many coloured "blazers" and hat-bands, all help to give a holiday air. No sound breaks the afternoon quiet but the voices of the "skips" giving directions, the woody impact of bowl on bowl, and now and then a small burst of applause for a good shot.

In such surroundings the every-day cares of business drop unnoticed from a man's shoulders; the easy, relaxed attitudes and happy sun-burned faces of the players proclaim it. No wonder that even the hardest-fought tournament games are carried through in a friendly spirit worthy of the oldest and best traditions of British sport."

(Scenes from the "Dominion Bowling Tournament", held in Auckland, in 1935)

In January 1935, the 22nd “Annual Dominion Bowling Tournament” organised by the New Zealand Bowling Association was held in Auckland, featuring more than 700 competitors playing across 20 bowling greens at the Carlton Bowling Club, which at the time was the largest Bowling Club in Australasia. John Arthur Engebretsen a Hastings School-Teacher won the Singles Championship. Originally from Norsewood, Engebretsen went on to win a Bronze Medal at the 1950 Empire Games (the fore-runner of the Commonwealth Games), in Auckland.

(John Arthur Engebretsen, inset, and in action bowling in Wellington, in 1937)

The Final Word ...

"On the green, all are equal. The social good that results cannot be measured, but beyond doubt bowls is one of the factors that help to make New Zealand a happy family.”

(The New Zealand Herald comments on the values of the game of "lawn bowls")

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