WCC Talent Development Programme
The Wellington City Council Sport Talent Development Programme is designed to empower young Wellington athletes to be successful, both in sport and in life.
The programme, which is funded by the Wellington City Council and overseen by Sport Wellington’s Performance Hub, grants money to a handful of regional sporting organizations to assist them in developing systems and structures that support the creation of a talent development programme or pathway within their respective organizations.
In 2018, 13 applications for the programme were received with eight sports being successful in securing funding to support a range of initiatives. These initiatives include; research into performance measures, development of processes for individual performance planning, as well as access to specialist services such as athlete life advice, nutrition and strength and conditioning.
The sports selected for the 2019 Sport Talent Development Programme are; Dynomites Sport Climbing, Wellington Basketball, Capital Football, Wellington Hockey, Netball Wellington Centre, Central Rowing, Volleyball Wellington, and Swimming Wellington. Sport Wellington are also working with Hutt Valley, Wellington and North Wellington Badminton Associations to create a unified badminton talent programme.
Also associated to the 2019 programme, Sport Wellington will continue to work with Wellington Golf, Fencing Central, and Wellington Softball in developing their athlete development programs by continuing the great work that has been going on within these sports over the last two to three years.
The Seminar Series
As well as sport-specific initiatives implemented by each sport, athletes are also invited to attend the Seminar Series, run by the Performance Hub. These seminars are designed to provide engaging learning environments that take a holistic approach to athlete development. The seminars are a great opportunity for athletes and leads to come together, connect, foster relationships, and learn from each other and the expert providers we have facilitating sessions.