Balance is Better is about keeping our young people in sport.
Sport NZ developed the evidence-based philosophy to inform and provide a framework for the sport system to put the needs of the participant/athlete first.
It’s overall objective is to ensure the sport system provides opportunities for ALL tamariki and rangatahi (young people aged 5-18) to positively experience the benefits of sport participation and to realise their potential. The focus of the philosophy is on why young people play sport - to have fun, experience challenge, develop and improve, be part of a team or group, and be with friends.
Balance is Better is also about ‘pushing back’ against 3 key issues that are evident in youth sport. These issues have been identified through research and insight and are supported by evidence:
Most critically, Balance is Better is about the sport system leading change and committing to: