Primary Sport Programme

26% of Manukau’s population is under 15 years of age. Many of these young people live in socio-economically deprived areas, attend low decile schools and many do not get the opportunity to participate in sport and physical recreation.

Despite this, Manukau has produced internationally-acclaimed sports-stars like Valerie Adams, Jonah Lomu, Ruben Wiki, Scott Dixon and Barbara Kendall.

Primary Sport is an initiative that helps to provide the environment that can nurture similar talent. It increases the opportunity for Years 0 - 8  school children across the Counties Manukau Region to participate in sport and physical recreation so that they can develop their skill and interest.

Primary and Intermediate students need varied and modified activities to match their ability and encourage participation and the opportunity to develop skills that can be used in a range of sports and physical activities of their choosing.

Counties Manukau Sport can work with your school in a number of ways.

Primary Sport provides opportunities for Primary and Intermediate school students to be involved in sport and physical recreation by:

  • Increasing the number of students participating in organized sport at school.

  • Increasing the availability and accessibility of sporting opportunities to students.

  • Supporting students in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport.

  • Providing professional development for teachers and school staff.

We currently deliver our Primary Sport programme in Papakura, Manurewa, Mangere, Otahuhu , Papatoetoe, Otara  and Franklin Schools

What does Primary Sport look like for schools?

  • Four x 5 week modules delivered at school

  • One  day per week  of delivery  with one dedicated coach each day. (Class teachers to be present and participate  during delivery)

  • 122 coach hours delivered over the year

  • Schools develop an Individual Action Plan with a Primary Sport Advisor based on  their identified needs

  • Participating Schools contribute $1000 ( plus GST) towards the cost of delivery

What Schools are saying about our Primary Sport Programme 

Clendon Park School

"It encouraged more kids to try out for our school soccer teams, as they had a few basic skills that made them more confident to give it a go"

Mayfield Primary

"Our coach was an amazing mentor and coach for our younger students in the school. He was able to engage them and encourage them to take new risks in an unfamiliar sport." 

Flatbush School

"A lot more confidence amongst non sporting children who tend not to trial out for teams etc or even participate in game.  A lot more confidence from all children along with increased give it a go attitude.  Development of teachers as they gained ideas from coach and carried them on through the term".   ​​​​​​​

To find out how your school can join our Primary Sport Programme, contact a Counties Manukau Sport Advisor

Katie Jillings

Education Liaison 

M: 021 241101
E: KatieJ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Rochelle Utakea

Coach Manager

P: 029 437 1058

​​​​​​​E: [email protected]

Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)

We currently have a Teacher Mentoring Project that is being offered to schools. The key outcome of the project is to mentor teachers to develop confidence and capability to deliver FMS.

Funded by KiwiSport, the following delivery is available:

  • 10 weeks of FMS (1 day per week of Fundamental Movement Skills) for Years 0-4 students delivered in 5 week modules across 2 terms.
  • Sessions will be 30 minutes and a maximum of 9 classes can receive delivery per day.
  • Linked in to the delivery will be teacher mentoring, where teachers will be expected to observe, deliver alongside the FMS coach and lead sessions as the modules progress. 
  • FMS PD for teachers is available as part of the delivery.

School Resources

Let's get Fun 

Click here to view and download

​​​​​​​Physical Literacy Approach 

Click here to view and download

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills Manual

The ‘Developing Fundamental Movement Skills’ resource uses play and simple activities to get kids involved in games.  With these concepts young people can move easily into modified sports and adult sports.

Activities are simple and require only basic knowledge to teach or coach.

To download the manual Click here


The KiwiDex manual provides a range of ideas and games for teachers and physical activity providers.

Fun, informal activities develop the basic movement skills used in sport and other physical activities.  They encourage kids to be spontaneous and creative, and give them the enthusiasm and confidence to move into sport and stay involved.

The activities can be adapted to suit the children, facilities, and people available to lead them.

To download the manual units Click here

Good Practice Principles

Sport New Zealand has recently published a resource called “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).

See more information about it here.