SportStart helps you deliver innovative physical literacy programmes by providing you with everything you need to plan and teach your lesson. Each carefully structured, easy-to-follow kit contains a folder, a user’s guide, and 109 illustrated activity cards divided into eight core sections.

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Developing Fundamental Movement Skills

The ‘Developing Fundamental Movement Skills’ resource uses play and simple activities to teach the fundamental movement skills required to participate successfully in physical activities and sport.

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The KiwiDex manual provides a range of ideas and games for teachers and physical activity providers. The activities encourage children to be spontaneous and creative, and give them the enthusiasm and confidence to move into sport and stay involved.

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Physical Activity Leaders (PALs)

Wanting to develop a leadership programme with your senior students? The PALs resource uses a tuakana / teina approach training senior students to facilitate activities for younger students.

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Balance is Better

Sport New Zealand has developed a resource aimed to help developing athletes to realise their potential both in sport, and in life. It's all about balance!

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Good Practice Principles: Children and Young People

Sport New Zealand has recently published “Good Practice Principles: Children and Young People in Sport and Recreation”. This document sets out 10 principles for delivering sport and recreation to children (0-12 years) and young people (13-18 years).

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Designed to Move

'What if we hit the tipping point in life expectancy? What if 10 year olds are going to live 5 years less than their parents?'

The children of this generation are going to live 5 years less than their parents, in some cases due to health factors but mostly due to inactivity.

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What is Physical Literacy? Here's what you need to know

Active For Life has put together some great information around raising physically literate children. Includes links to activity ideas.

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Raising Children

The New Zealand Government in partnership with a number of organisations including Sport New Zealand, the Ministry of Education and Plunket have developed some new resources on ‘Raising Children’.

They have split these into the ‘Early Years’ (Years 1 -3) and the ‘Middle Years’ (preschool and primary years). There are over 50 stories in each including great information as to why we need to get children moving.

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Getting Ready for School - DVD

An overview of the important stages of physical development that a child needs to have passed through in order to cope with educational tasks required in the classroom.

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Active Movement in Water

The Active Movement in Water resource aims to provide opportunities for under-fives to develop foundation aquatic skills.


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"M" is for Monkey Bars: Getting Ready for Writing

Research Article

Hanging on monkey bars, climbing trees, and tug-of-war are all valuable activities that prepare children for necessary skills such as writing at school.

In Gill Connell’s blog titled ‘M’ is for Monkeybars: Getting ready for writing’, she outlines the importance of introducing children to fun movement opportunities that develop their upper body strength first, before sitting them down to teach them how to write the alphabet..

Latest Updates

Participate in the Active Families category at Round the Bays!

Children under the age of 12, accompanied by an adult, can ride their scooters on the 6.5km course of the Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays event on Sunday 17th Feb! With a fun Finishers Festival at Kilbirnie Park, participating in the event will be a great family day out.

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