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More kids, more opportunities, more skills

KiwiSport is a government funding initiative administered by Sport Wellington to increase participation in sport for school-aged children. The Wellington KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund Plan 2015-18 outlines how KiwiSport funding will be allocated and distributed across the greater Wellington region (Wellington, Porirua, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa). Sport Wellington is responsible for the distribution of approximately $2.6 million over the next three years.

KiwiSport aims to:

  • Increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children
  • Support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport



KiwiSport Funding Round 22

Thank you to all applicants who submitted proposals for the KiwiSport Open Fund section of the Wellington KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund. 

Sport Wellington received eleven applications seeking a total of $255,274.60, which were all given careful consideration by the KiwiSport Assessment Panel and the Sport Wellington Board of Trustees.

The successful applicants are listed below (in alphabetical order):


Funding Amount

Ball Never Lies NZ


Capital Football


Greytown Sport & Leisure Society Inc.


Porirua College


Rimutaka Inline Hockey Club Inc


Wairarapa Cricket Association (on behalf of Wairarapa RSO)


Wellington Baseball Association


Wellington Floorball Club


Wellington Hockey Association


As per the table above, Sport Wellington approved nine applications seeking a total of $225,777.

Sport Wellington looks forward to seeing the positive impact that these organisations will have on children’s participation in sport through their respective programmes. Congratulations to all successful applicants in receiving KiwiSport funding.

To learn more about the aims, considerations and requirements of KiwiSport Funding please read the information in the section below and if you would like to arrange a meeting regarding a potential KiwiSport application please email:


Making a positive impact

The KiwiSport-funded Student Coach Programme is working to facilitate coach education opportunities that are more accessible for secondary schools and Regional Sports Organisations that are led by the needs of student coaches. Sport Wellington continues to work closely with College Sport Wellington and a number of Regional Sports Organisations to deliver the programme to support their student coach workforce by providing generic and sport-specific coach development.

The programme has been hugely successful thus far, with KiwiSport funding helping to enable work with over 30 different colleges and developing over 1,000 student coaches over the past 4 years. By ensuring more children and young people are staying in sport due to the quality and quantity of coaches providing a positive coaching experience (a key aim of the programme), the Student Coach Programme is successfully addressing the aims of KiwiSport which include increasing the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children and supporting children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport.

The Student Coach Programme is an excellent example of a KiwiSport-funded programme that is making a real positive impact within the youth-sport space, and we look forward to seeing how the programme continues to excel in the future.

Click here for more information and to see a video about the programme.


Considerations for Funding Applications

From 2018 onwards, some changes to the KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund priorities have occurred. To see “more kids, more opportunities, more skills” occurring in our communities most effectively, applications that have a focus on the following will be prioritised:

  • Programmes/approaches that engage and support young people in low-participating communities to ensure they receive appropriate physical activity or sporting opportunities. The following groups have been determined to have lower rates of engagement in sport:
  • Girls aged between 10 and 18 years
  • Low decile communities
    • Māori
    • Pasifika
    • Indian
  • KiwiSport funding for in-curriculum initiatives will be minimal over 2017/18. The School Sport Futures project (Sport NZ) identified an issue with sport-based programmes replacing quality physical education, particularly in primary schools, and therefore Sport NZ has recommended this reduction.

If you have a large project that spans regionally, provides new, or expands existing, sporting opportunities for school-aged children that requires funding, then we would encourage you to send in your EOI application. KiwiSport funding is not intended to maintain the same initiative long term as funding is only confirmed until June 2019.

KiwiSport Funding Requirements for all applications

KiwiSport Funding Considerations for all applications


KiwiSport Funding Round - Key Dates

Sunday 28 April      Funding Round closes Midnight

Friday 3 May           Applications assessed by Assessment Panel and recommendation put forward to the Sport Wellington Board

Thursday 16 May    Sport Wellington Board Meeting

Friday 17 May         Applicants notified of outcomes

KiwiSport Targeted Fund

Applications are now closed

KiwiSport priorities in detail

KiwiSport Review

The purpose of the review was to determine that the objectives of the Kiwisport RPF remain fit for purpose in light of the current Sport NZ strategy, to see whether it aligns with the aims of Sport NZ’s Young People Plan and to help inform Sport NZ strategic investment decisions from July 2020.

Read the Executive Summary

Read the Report

Credit: Sport NZ

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