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Many folks associate a sports hub with facilities. Bricks and mortar. They’re partly right. But often the facilities are a by-product of the mahi (work) that’s occurred behind the scenes. Mahi that, in many cases, has taken years...
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The Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards are open for the fourth year; celebrating, recognising and acknowledging play, active recreation and sport organisations, initiatives and people in the Waikato region.
I want to talk about match officials. If you are involved in sport, you’ll have a keen awareness of them.
To address the challenges faced by the Thames-Coromandel community, the Thames-Coromandel Disaster Relief Fund for Play, Active Recreation and Sport fund has been established.
I love coaching.
I love almost every opportunity to coach, and I feel joyful standing out on the grass with my session set up before the players arrive knowing that I’m about to get another opportunity to coach.
But I know that too many of you do not.
Co-design can be as simple as getting students to help plan an already existing idea - just the opportunity to have their say and feel like they are actually being heard is often enough to get their buy in to being actively engaged.
The 2022 winners were announced at Sport Waikato's Let’s Move Waikato event held at Claudelands....
We’re pretty proud of the work we do to keep the communities of the Waikato region active
Picture this: A young girl is in the front frow of the Black Ferns world cup semi-final against France. The final whistle has blown and the crowd around her erupts in celebration....
Over 160 Principals and Health & Physical Education (HPE) lead teachers came together at Claudelands Events Centre.
Finalists announced in the 2022 Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards.
The awards were created to ensure our local people and initiatives were recognised for their work growing participation in the region...
I have never been a super sporty person so taking PE for me gave me a lot of anxiety...
I stand on the court for 20 minutes and not once have I touched the ball. What did I learn? Probably that I am not very good at basketball.
Good Sports is a culture change programme designed to promote positive experiences for young people in sport...
Our rangatahi are trying to tell us something: whatever we are doing to encourage them to choose physical activity is not working for them.
New Snap Round announced and deadline extended for Community Activation Fund
Year round, women and girls are confronted with messaging that explicitly tells them that by looking better, they will feel better...
Winners were announced at Sport Waikato Let’s Move Waikato event held at Claudelands Conference & Event Centre.
Sport Waikato's Taakaro Ora initiative hosted three professional learning days in 2021
So, what is play? Why is it valuable? How can we do more of it? And where does Sport Waikato fit into the picture?
And the finalists are...
Sport and active recreation across the Waikato region is set to receive a healthy financial investment as territorial authorities (TAs) confirmed their budgets for the next 10 years.
Sport New Zealand have released comprehensive guidelines for all providers of play, active recreation or sport at Level 2.
Waitomo District’s elected members have conditionally agreed to support a proposal for Waitomo District Council to take full responsibility of the King Country Indoor Sport and Recreation Centre Project
A conversation between Kotahi Aroha’s Erina Wehi-Barton and Sport Waikato’s women and girls initiative This is ME® revealed...
Through Sport Waikato’s new way of working, a professional learning day was recently held with Plunket facilitators from around the north island.
Over 140 Principals and Health & Physical Education (HPE) lead teachers came together at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton to challenge the traditional structures of sport and physical education
Got To Get Out (GTGO) is a social enterprise outdoors group, on a mission to get disadvantaged youth active, outdoors and into nature to improve their health and wellness.
Providing a high-level strategic framework for play, active recreation and sport facilities, and spaces and places planning and optimisation across the region.
Sport Waikato's women and girls initiative This is ME was recently celebrated at the Northern Districts Cricket Association Awards evening.
Empowering and inspiring teachers to think differently about how movement looks and feels within their class
Updated strategy to grow participation in play, active recreation and sport in the Waikato region
A steep decline in the number of registered female rugby players was the catalyst for King Country Rugby Union (KCRU) to develop the new Les Elder Wahine Toa Secondary School Program.
More than 130 play, active recreation and sport organisations across the Waikato region....
There’s no question, the year 2020 has seen sport impacted like never before.
Applications are now open for Sport NZ’s new fund – Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa
The Waikato region is currently at alert Level 2.
The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations
Sport Waikato announced today it will make a transformational change within the organisation with the goal of increasing its impact in the Waikato community.
Turning the COVID-19 lockdown into a once in a lifetime positive riding experience - Bike Mercury Bay
Ngawai's kids were the reason she did a search and found Sport Waikato's Green Prescription programme - and signed up.
Primary focus on clubs and regional organisations
Links to the most up to date information and services to help sport and recreation during this time
Keeping active while we are all isolating is going to be so important ...
As we head into an unprecedented time for our country...
We appreciate that many of you will be wondering what this means for sport - both club and school sport.
This bi-annual event saw some of the 78 thousand registered tribal members from 68 marae compete in fun events that encouraged all to participate, from tamariki to kaumaatua.
The fifteenth of February saw the Huntly section of the expressway opened with a celebration with the wider community and district
Pauanui’s Summer Series enjoyed a record season for 2019/2020, marking 50 years for the much-loved programme.
Winners of the prestigious 2019 Brian Perry Regional Sports Awards were announced on Thursday 30th January 2020 at Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre, Hamilton.
The Good Sports® initiative aims to create positive sporting experiences for Kiwi kids by supporting and educating the key adult influencers
The This is ME® Secondary Schools Programme has continued at Te Kuiti High School in 2019...
Over the past six years, Under 5 Energize has worked alongside 121 Early Childhood centres...
Sport Waikato are excited to announce the expansion of the This is ME® Secondary Schools programme, which will be supported by Sport New Zealand’s Young Women’s Activation Fund.
Te ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki Āirani was celebrated at Central Kids Kindergarten Clyde Street, Tokoroa through movement, language and fun!
In August of this year, This is ME® representatives hosted a number of community engagement sessions with the communities of Morrinsville and Te Aroha...
Lightbody reserve, its sports buildings and future developments are all under consideration in a Waikato District Council masterplan to help build a cohesive, future proofed plan as funding starts to pour into the complex.
After several years of little to offer in the sport and rec and play space, Pokeno is starting to see impetus in several key areas.
Next year we have an exciting new opportunity for our district with squash legend Brian Barnett offering his innovative programmes to the area.
A stalwart of consistency, Keith Jamieson – also known as Jambo – has been volunteering in and around the Thames region for a number of years.
At 2,300 metres of screaming descent, the Mito Q K2 is possibly the toughest one day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere.
Pickleball is a fun sport enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.
In August, This is ME® partnered with the Norris Academy to host a self defence session for women and girls (13+) in Hamilton as part of the Women’s Self Defence Network.
For the past six years, Taupo Junior Cricket Club has been focused on increasing player numbers and making sure the cricketing experience is fun for their year 0-8 players.
This is ME® launched in Taupo in May, and since then the local working group have been driving some exciting physical activity opportunities in the community.
The This is ME® Secondary Schools Programme has continued at Waihi College in 2019.
As the festive season approaches this is a good time for organisations to plan a festive thank you for the volunteers.
Following the launch of This is ME in Te Awamutu in July, the local working group have been working together to lead activity opportunities for women and girls in the community.
An exciting milestone happened recently with the Hauraki District Sport & Active Recreation Plan being adopted by Hauraki District Council.
A stellar line-up of sportspeople and sports supporters have been announced for the 2019 Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards
Rugby union’s Brett Ranga claims Sportsperson of the Year title at Sport Waikato’s 2019 Hauraki/Thames-Coromandel District Sports Awards
Woodchopping’s Chris Lord named as Sportsperson of the Year at the 2019 The Lines Company Waitomo District Sports Awards
Surf Lifesaving’s Taylor Shrimpton and Surfing’s Billy Stairmand take out top titles at the 2019 Waikato District Sports Awards
Brooke Donoghue and Luke Jacobson take out top titles at Waipa Networks District Sports Awards
Cyclist Eltje Malzbender wins Sportsperson of the Year at Ingham’s Matamata Piako District Sports Awards
Thea Keith-Matchitt wins Sportsperson of the Year award at the Mercury South Waikato District Sports Awards
Emile Richardson wins both Sportsperson and Premier Awards at the Wairakei Resort Taupo District Sports Awards
Track and field coach John Goodwin named Community Coach of the Year at the Hamilton City Sports Awards
Bulklines Otorohanga Men’s A Football Team takes out Team of the Year for the third year in a row at The Lines Company Otorohanga District Sports Awards
Hauraki/Thames Coromandel nominees have been announced!
Waitomo nominees have been announced!
Waikato district nominees have been announced!
South Waikato nominees have been announced!
Taupo nominees have been announced!
Hamilton nominees have been announced!
Otorohanga nominees have been announced!
Sport Waikato's This is ME® initiative is one of nine projects to receive funding support
Let’s take a moment to talk about our kids and the role we as adult influencers of youth sport play in shaping our kids’ sporting experiences.
Sports awards nominations are only open until this Friday 27 September!
Youth sport is set to undergo a dramatic shake-up as the leaders of Sport NZ and the country’s five
largest participation sports speak out...
Sport Waikato Energizers have been in schools providing professional development to teachers in the area of gymnastics.
The next 18 months will see the Waikato Regional Sports Facility Plan undertake it’s second review.
Sport Waikato’s Regional Coaching Advisor Youth, Katie Horne, is working to introduce the Good Sports initiative
The most important action step is a commitment to planning...
Youth sports thrive on parent-coaches, without them sport just would not happen but coaching your child’s team does come with challenges...
Whether it's athletes, coaches, officials, teams, clubs or those all-important people behind the scenes that help make it all happen - now is the time to tell us why they are so deserving!
Around 120 pupils from Year 5 through to 8 donned their colours to take part in the bi-term sports day held at Coromandel Area School.
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) today announced it has been granted funds from the Minister for Sport and Recreation’s Discretionary Fund to distribute to young people aged 12 – 18
Pokeno locals are ready to do the hard mahi required to get their quaint and historic tennis facility back to its former glory.
A Hamilton school has become a shining example of how to motivate students and their families to make healthier food choices.
Coaching a team can be a daunting prospect for a new coach, and with winter codes coming up more people are putting their hand up to volunteer.
In true ‘community led development’ style, Ngatea has come together to add an exciting feature to the Ngatea Domain – an all-weather track around the perimeter.
An exciting new initiative focussed on enhancing physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is being trialled in 17 Hamilton schools.
In a recent UK survey and local anecdotal evidence revealed 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
Thursday’s This is ME® Backyard Smash at Seddon Park put a new spin on cricket for women and girls.
Only 39 days ago in the very arena where today we will celebrate and sadly farewell Waikato and New Zealand sporting icon Monica Leggat...
On 21 Jan I attended the opening of the Te Aroha BMX Track and Club and it was a real pleasure to see so many locals and others out in support.
The phrase 'struggling to recruit and retain volunteers' is regularly raised when talking with sports. Have you considered and does your organisation have a plan to show your appreciation?
Female secondary school students across the Waikato region are beginning to see physical activity in a different light.
Over the years there have been many initiatives introduced to youth sport with the intention of decreasing the negative side of pressure, expectations and early specialisation...
Screen Time – Less is Best is the key message that Sport Waikato’s Under 5 Energize is promoting.
Stacey Waaka and Joelle King scoop major titles at Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards
For the second year running, Hamilton based entrepreneurs Josh & Emma Kersten have given away bikes to deserving children with their initiative Giveabike.
Commonwealth Games medalists make up outstanding line up of Finalists for the 2018 Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards
Montessa Tairakena and Campbell Crouch have already experienced success on the world stage...
Errol Newlands has been delivering Secondary School events for Waikato student-athletes for almost eighteen years...
Last term was the end of an era for Te Kuiti High School with the retirement of Bruce Stephens as Principal.
School holidays can be both a welcome break from routine and a challenge to keep kids occupied...
The main aim of Project Energize is to increase the quality and quantity of physical activity and improve the nutritional status of Primary and Intermediate aged school children in the Waikato.
Sport NZ has launched a nationwide public consultation on a review into sport integrity..
How we welcome, connect and celebrate volunteers in sport really matters!
Woodchopping’s Chris Lord Jnr named as Sportsperson of the Year at the 2018 The Lines Company Waitomo District Sports Awards
In the last few months the Waikato Secondary Sports Association adopted an inaugural Strategic Plan to support its focus...
Sport Waikato’s highly successful Under 5 Energize programme is now being offered in Northland.
Natasha Cairns claims Sportsperson of the Year title at Sport Waikato’s Hauraki/Thames-Coromandel District Sports Awards
Strongest Man Jayson Woods named as Sportsperson of the Year at the 2018 Waikato District Sports Awards.
Thames Valley Secondary Schools cluster held two cluster events during week 4 of this term. Firstly the “3x3” Basketball hosted by Te Aroha College and held at the Te Aroha Events Centre.
With all the healthy eating information out there, it can be really confusing to know exactly what you should be eating to maintain good health!
Joelle King named Sportswoman of the Year at Waipa Networks District Sports Awards
Cycling’s Jim McMurray wins Sportsperson of the Year award at the Mercury South Waikato District Sports Awards
Football’s Mark McKenzie takes out Coach of the Year at The Lines Company Otorohanga District Sports Awards
Golfer Pam Wright nets Sportsperson of the Year at Ingham’s Matamata Piako District Sports Awards
Nicole van der Kaay again takes out the Premier Sportsperson of the Year at the Wairakei Resort Taupo District Sports Awards
Five worthy Service to Sport recipients recognised at the Hamilton City Sports Awards
Hauraki/Thames-Coromandel nominations are in!
Matamata Piako nominees have been announced!
Waipa nominees have been announced!
A group of local community leaders brought together by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) recently met to set the vision for a new water safety strategy for the Waikato region.
Volunteers are a significant part of community sport and without them many sports would simply not be able to take place.
On Tuesday 18th September Sport Waikato spent the day helping out in the community as part of its ‘Good Sorts for Sport’ community day.
Sport Waikato is giving its staff time off work duties to spend the day helping out on community projects.
CEO Matthew Cooper believes that sport and recreation needs to become better when working with volunteers
Some changes are evolving in the far north of the Thames Coromandel district for young sportspeople.
It’s time to acknowledge 2018 sporting excellence in the Waikato region by nominating your sportspeople and sports supporters.
In the last twelve months the Secondary School sports space has undergone some changes to support quality delivery of sport and recreation activities for our secondary schools students across the Waikato region.
Sport Waikato’s focus on health and safety in the workplace, with particular regard to the safety of those who drive Sport Waikato vehicles, has had a huge impact on their staff’s driving behaviour.
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Good Sorts for Sport is back for 2018!
Sport Waikato’s exciting new programme helps families to make healthy changes
Black Fern Toka Natua shines at Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards
When you sign up for SmartHealth you'll get access to HealthTap, an online platform and mobile app.
Winners from the finalists released today will be announced at the prestigious 2017 Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards, which celebrates and acknowledges sporting excellence and service in the greater Waikato region.
Neil Pratt has been successful in earning the title of Sportsperson of the Year, competing throughout New Zealand during 2017 and maintaining a high shooting average which has kept him in the highest echelon of shooters nationwide.
New Zealand and Whangamata local golden girl Ella Williams was named Sportsperson of the Year at the Hauraki/Thames Coromandel District Sports Awards held on Thursday night at the Thames Civic Centre.
Chantelle Cassidy has taken out the title of Sportsperson of the Year in the Waikato District Sports Awards held on Wednesday 15th November at Waahi Paa Marae, Huntly.
Sam Gaze has been named Sportsman of the Year at 2017 Waipa Networks District Sports Awards held on Monday night at the Te Awamutu Event Centre.
Triathlete Nicole van der Kaay was named Sportswoman of the Year and overall Premier Award winner at the Taupo District Sports Awards held on Friday night at the Taupo Great Lake Centre.
Midland’s Hockey’s Tarryn Davey was named Sportswoman of the year for an outstanding year in hockey – from being named in the Blacksticks Development Squad to achieving selection for the Black Sticks v Malaysia and India game.
Toka Irere Te Openga Natua, named Sportsperson of the Year and Sporting Personality of the Year, has had an amazing year.
Thursday 2nd November saw a number of Hamilton sporting volunteers recognised in awards held at The Bill Gallagher Centre, Wintec.
We need your help to identify gaps and opportunities to grow sport and recreation in the community.
Nominations for the Sport Waikato District Sports Awards 2017 are now open...
When it comes to transforming your life, there are a number of paths to choose. Hamilton’s Ricky Tipene found the answer with Sport Waikato’s Green Prescription programme
On Saturday the 8th of April, Matthew will be throwing himself off the Deloitte building to the tune of Kenny Rogers 'The Gambler'
And he’ll be doing it in style, wearing his Waikato coloured onesie!
Craigs Investment Partners put on an outstanding evening at Prodrive Golf in Hamilton on Tuesday night
A strategy to grow participation in sport, recreation and physical activity in the Waikato region
Targeting Low Participation communities within New Zealand
Congratulations to all our winners!
Tickets to District Sports Awards available now!
In association with the Hamilton City Council we have been building a programme designed for trained volunteer riders taking social rides.
The Kiwi squash team has struck double gold at the WSF World Doubles Championships in Darwin, Australia.
While seeing our athletes, such as Valerie Adams, win medals may spur us on to get up at 1am to watch the Olympics on TV while chowing down on comfort food, it is not driving New Zealanders in large numbers to the local rowing club to join up.
The Squash New Zealand World Doubles Team to compete in Darwin from 15th-18th August has been announced
Fitness Revolution is for physically disabled people, including those with visual impairments, to improve their fitness, coordination and overall wellbeing.
A huge congratulations to Leanne Robinson, winner of $2,000 worth of sports gear!
Keep healthy during your work/school week with these great ideas to put in your lunchbox!
Try something new today!
Add those veggies in - they'll never know!
Get out of your comfort and improve your fitness with our 30 Things!
Get some goodness in your day!
No time to go to the gym? There are so many free online workouts available including 10 minute ones! Check them out....
If you're in the Hauraki district, there's plenty to choose from to get you 'out there and active'!
Birthday parties can be a sugar overload - but they don't have to be!
Taupo - it's beautiful and it has so many active opportunities!
There are so many reasons to be active - here are just 30 of them!
All activities are from Sport Waikato's KiwiBaby, KiwiToddler and KiwiPreschooler manuals
There are so many things to do in the North King Country - try something new today!
Easy ways to get the kids eating healthier with no stress!
So many classes all around the beautiful Waikato region
30 active things to do in the Thames-Coromandel district...
Keep the kids entertained and active at home with these great homeplay ideas!
Activities, classes, clubs and events - there are so many ways to keep active and healthy in South Waikato!
Here's to healthy lunchbox alternatives
Lots of active ideas and activities for our under fives
The Matamata-Piako district is full of active and fun recreation and sporting options!
What you need to know about what's in our food and how to make the best choice!
Waipa has so many ways to keep active - get out there and take a friend too!
Improve your training with these great tips and ideas
Check out these healthy swaps to help you cut down on the calories, sugar and fat!
Check out everything there is to keep you active and healthy in Hamilton!
Just a little change in your day can have huge benefits!
There are so many ways to change the way you eat and make a noticeable difference to your diet!
From our Coaching gurus at Sport Waikato, here are your top tips for being a great coach
Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Te Kauwhata, Raglan... so many reasons to get active!
Sport Waikato is gearing up to celebrate 30 years of serving Waikato communities
Results from the weekend's Transfield Triathlon!
Sir Colin Meads receives prestigious Hare Puke Leadership in Sport Award at Waikato Regional Sports Awards
Eric Murray reigns supreme at the 2015 Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards for the sixth time
High Calibre of Finalists for the 2015 Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards
Sport Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board proudly celebrate the 10th anniversary of the child health initiative ‘Project Energize’ this year.
Do you have a project that will get more school aged students involved in organised sport?
Paeroa to Thames results
Business House Softball
Sport Waikato is excited to announce the appointment of a new member to its Board of Trustees.
Waihi to Paeroa results...
A part time contract is available for this new role at Sport Waikato.
Tirohia to Te Aroha
Sport Waikato has recently started a new campaign to encourage positivity on the sidelines of sport in the Waikato.
Cycling New Zealand (CNZ) and Mountain Bike New Zealand (MTBNZ) are looking for a provider of Event Management Services
Nominate the Sport Maker that makes a difference in your sport by clicking on the link below.
The latest Sport Waikato newsletter
A team of 8 students has been given the opportunity to bring Caneta KO to the Waikato.
Halberg No Exceptions Training is now available for Primary Schools.
Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Funding available for School Camps, Equipment & Lessons
The William Pike Challenge Award Launch Event
Previously hidden on Dey Street, Eastlink Community Sports Hub has made a few changes to stand out in the crowd.
The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation along with Parafed Waikato are now searching for volunteers to help out with the Junior Disability Games.
Happy New Year! I hope you found time to relax over the Christmas period before competition, training, study and work steps a level for 2015.
Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards Finalists
After seven years of providing financial and mentoring support to up and coming musicians and athletes across New Zealand, the Foundation is now focussing its efforts in the Waikato / Bay of Plenty regions.
Analysis of a healthy eating and activity programme first tested in Waikato primary schools shows the project is saving taxpayer money and improving children's lives.
Sharp Shooters and Cyclists dominate at Parafed Waikato Awards
Waikato District Health Board funded children’s health initiative Project Energize has been adapted for delivery in primary schools in County Cork, Ireland.
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