What is KiwiSport?

KiwiSport is a government funded initiative managed by Sport NZ that aims to get more school age children (5-18) participating in organised sport.

What is 'organised sport'?

‘Organised sport’ means sporting activities delivered primarily through organised structures – that is, organised competitions and activities delivered by clubs, schools and other organisations.  It includes sporting activities with elements of competition, coaching and skill development.  

What are the objectives of KiwiSport?

  • increase the numbers of school-age children participating in organised sport - during school, after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs;
  • increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children; and
  • support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport at both primary and secondary level.

KiwiSport has two components: the Direct Fund and the Regional Partnership Fund

What is the Direct Fund?

  • The Direct Fund is provided to all schools (public and private). The amount allocated to each school is based on a per capita formula and is funded directly by the Ministry of Education (MoE) through operational funding.  The funding equates to approximately $21 per secondary student and $13 per primary student.
  • The Direct Fund is for schools to use on initiatives that lead to the outcomes sought from Kiwisport, i.e. more children and young people participating regularly in organised sport.  Schools have discretion about how the fund is used. 
  • The Primary School Direct Fund was new funding for primary schools, calculated according to the number of pupils in the school.   In some instances the amount of direct funding provided to the school is not likely to make an impact on participation levels in sport unless those primary schools can be connected with other organisations and other funders to maximise the benefits that could be derived from the funding.
  • ​For secondary schools, Direct funding replaced the previous Sportfit funding in secondary schools.  It was then entirely up to the secondary schools as to whether they continued to invest in their sports co-ordinators but RSTs were and continue to be encouraged to work with schools to support the retention of sports coordinators, as this network is important for delivering more sport to more school-aged children.

What is the Regional Partnership Fund (RPF)? 

The RPF is designed to complement the Direct Fund by encouraging schools, clubs, community organisations and local businesses to collaborate in increasing opportunities for school-aged children to participate in organised sport.
The Regional Partnership Fund will be funded through Sport NZ to regional sports trusts (RSTs) such as Sport Waikato. The RSTs will receive funding based on the number of enrolled students in their region calculated according to roll-return information from the Ministry of Education.  RSTs will allocate funding in projects which can ensure new or increased opportunities for school-aged children to participate in organised sport at a community/regional level. 

How has Sport Waikato divided its allocation of Regional Partnership Fund?

Based on the feedback from the consultation process, Sport Waikato will seek a balanced portfolio of short-term and long-term investments so that the total investment is not “locked-up” indefinitely and is able to respond to new opportunities as they emerge.
From the consultation feedback and guidelines provided by Sport NZ, the following provides approximate percentages for the investment of the 2015-2018 KiwiSport Waikato RPF Portfolio.
Name of Fund Percentage Approx p.a. Funding Amount
Community Partnership Fund 60.5% $503,000
Secondary School Initiative Fund 12% $100,000
Kick Start Project Fund 18% 150,000
Student Sport Workforce Fund (non-contestable) 9.5% 80,000
TOTAL 100% 833,000

For more information regarding each fund please click on the link below

How has the amount received by each regional sports trust been determined?

The funding is distributed to each RST on a per-capita basis based on the number of students in each RST’s region.  The allocation will be determined based on the latest available roll-return information from the Ministry of Education.  The allocation will be consistent over a three-year period, unless a case is made to Sport NZ to recalculate the allocation on the basis that there has been a substantial change in roll-return.

What is the criteria for RSTs when allocating Regional Partnership Funds?

The minimum requirements for investment by RSTs will be that programmes/projects must:
  • provide an increase in opportunities for school-aged children to participate in organised sport;
  • leverage additional contributions from other community groups;
  • build and strengthen linkages between schools and other community groups; and
  • reflect the wishes of the community.
  • focus on programmes that support low participating groups getting appropriate community sport opportunities;
  • focus on innovative approaches that enable girls (10-18) to participate, in a way that meets their needs, in community sport.

Are there activities that won’t be funded via the Regional Partnership Fund?

The following are examples of the types of projects that would not be appropriate for Kiwisport:
  • programmes that undermine existing club/volunteer/regional infrastructure;
  • programmes that are considered to be business as usual for stakeholders or where funding displaces existing funding;
  • sport facilities and other capital works;
  • projects/programmes that do not have a focus on organised sport;
  • one-off events and event sponsorship;
  • retrospective projects;
  • social marketing campaigns; and
  • programmes that focus on nutrition and /or physical activity.

Can funds be used to subsidise existing programmes?

Investment in existing programmes will only be considered if it is for the purposes of expansion that will result in more school-aged children playing sport and there is evidence to show that the programme is achieving this outcome.

The following are examples of the types of expenses that may be funded by KiwiSport:

  • Equipment purchase or hire
  • Venue hire
  • Personnel costs (i.e. wages) for session delivery and for coordination directly related to that delivery
  • Travel costs for a provider to travel to a remote area/school to deliver sessions or for coaches to attend a training course who will then deliver an approved project to local youth
  • Professional development/training for coaches, officials and volunteers who will then deliver a project to participants between the ages of 5-18

The following are examples of the types of projects and expenses that WILL NOT be funded by KiwiSport: 

  • Administration costs
  • Personnel costs (wages) for roles that already exist or are administration based, including project/resource development
  • Programmes that are considered to be business as usual for stakeholders or where funding displaces existing funding
  • Retrospective projects (anything prior to the closing date)
  • One-off events and event sponsorship
  • Programmes that undermine existing  club / volunteer infrastructure
  • Programmes that are not considered organised Sport 
  • Sport facilities or other capital works
  • Social marketing campaigns
  • Affiliation fees
  • Catering
  • School camps