Media Releases | New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc.
   

The Association and AUT’s Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand are working in partnership to deliver the 2020 NSCS, which launches on Monday, 31 August. This is the third year of this important national study. Sport Clubs across more than 90 separate sporting codes, from all around New Zealand, have received an invitation to participate.

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While sportspeople and sporting communities across the country eagerly await the lifting of restrictions on community sporting activities, both on-field and off-field, there is a challenge for all sporting codes to describe what will constitute a “safe” environment for playing sport and socialising around sport in the future.

To move community sport “from crisis to confidence”, an open and honest discussion by all stakeholders will be required, with the Association willing to support this process through its comprehensive network and database of New Zealand community sport clubs.

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Recent media reports indicating that the rights to broadcast certain student sport competitions have been sold by New Zealand secondary school sport’s governing body, underscores the increasing alarm over decreasing teenage participation in sport and the flow-on impact for community sports clubs.

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Results of the 2019 National Sport Club Survey (NSCS), recently undertaken by the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association (NZASA) and Auckland University of Technology’s Sport Performance Research Institute of New Zealand (SPRINZ), reveal that many people deeply involved in amateur sport are not assured of a positive future. A lack of support and resources were identified as pressing issues.

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The Association encourages National Sporting Organisations (NSO)to adopt a new Code which places youth at the centre of decision-making involving their sporting participation. The Code, which NSOs are invited to voluntarily adopt, has been developed in response to increasing concern over the promotion of high-performance-development relative to life-long-participation.

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Over three-quarters of Clubs (77%) report receiving no direct funding from any governing body, despite most (90%) having to pay affiliation fees or levies, according to the results of a recent survey of Sports Clubs undertaken by the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc., in partnership with the Auckland University of Technology.

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Media reports  that New Zealand children of 14 or 15 years of age are now being targeted for contracts by sporting franchises, should prompt New Zealand authorities to review laws preventing the exploitation of children. 

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The New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc. recommends that all sporting clubs and codes in New Zealand adopt a framework which is similar in effect and reach to "Rowan’s Law", given the concussion risks borne by all sportspeople when competing as amateurs.

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The New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc. fully endorses the outcome of a recent survey of current and past players undertaken by the Otago Rugby Football Union, which revealed that local amateur clubs are where players feel most connected to the game.

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The New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc. encourages all local communities to support their local Harriers Clubs. An article in the press this weekend suggested that some Clubs “… are running towards oblivion as they fail to attract new members and suffer from the growing commercialisation of large-scale social running events”.

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Recent media reports indicating a decrease in sport participation by New Zealanders, is not news to the newly formed New Zealand Amateur Sport Association.

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The newly formed New Zealand Amateur Sport Association acknowledges the concerns of school principals with the professionalisation of sports in the education system and recommends steps are taken to preserve and promote amateur values.

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A new organisation has been established by well-known sporting names and community leaders to promote and support amateur sport in New Zealand.

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