Aroha + Pono + Tika
As a community, we recognise that aspects of a sporting environment have the potential to change a young person’s perspective on being active – for a lifetime.
At its best, sport is a source of balance, fun and friendship.
As the Regional Sports Trust for the Canterbury West Coast region, our team actively gathers insights from our communities, to understand barriers to being active and participating in sport.
A significant barrier for our young people enjoying sport can be the behaviour of parents, caregivers, coaches and players, on the sideline and in the game.
By supporting parents, caregivers, coaches and officials to understand the value of positivity and advocate for volunteers, we can help make sport a place we all want to be.
“We know that play, physical activity, sport and recreation add value to our lives in terms of social connections, emotional wellbeing and mental health – not to mention physical fitness.”
Sport Canterbury Chief Executive Julyan Falloon
Keep it fun – don’t take it too seriously.
Emphasise trying hard – not winning.
Be enthusiastic – don’t scream and shout instructions.
Cheer and celebrate good play – on both sides.
Accept decisions with respect – officials are human too, and we all make mistakes.
Allow kids to play for themselves – let them make decisions, on and off the field.
Let coaches do the coaching.
Always remember – volunteers run kids sport.
Think before you speak – your words may harm others.