Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

Sport New Zealand's Young Peoples Survey

Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

Sport New Zealand's Young Peoples Survey

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Generations change. So what is the future of sport and recreation in New Zealand - rugby and netball? Or snowboarding and surfing? Something else entirely?

To answer these and other key questions Sport NZ has surveyed over 17,000 students in primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

This is the most significant piece of research into young New Zea landers' participation in sport and recreation in more than 1 0 years. The scale of the survey allows us, for the first time, to explore how sport and recreation fit into the lives of boys and girls of different ages and backgrounds.

Survey findings

* The survey tells us Kiwi kids are still sporty kids - 9 out of 10 young people say they like playing sport, and have regularly participated in sport and active recreation in the last year.

* Most young people spend three or more hours a week taking part in sport and recreation in both formal and informal settings. We believe this makes them amongst the most active in the western world.

* While young people take part in a wide variety of activities, the well-established, traditional sports of rugby, netball, athletics and football are still played by young people of all ages. As a result, we believe our investment in these and other sports through our community sport initiatives is on the right track.

* Key activities include running/jogging, biking, tramping and walking.

* The Survey reinforces the importance of schools and clubs in providing sporting opportunities for young people.

* The survey also raises some challenges for us to consider, including that young people spend less time on organised sport than we expected. It also confirms what we've known from earlier surveys, that activity drops off for teens and particularly for girls and that some ethnic groups are participating more than others.

Next steps

1. Sport NZ will spend some time further analysing this data so we can ensure that in the future Kiwi kids continue to be sporty kids.

2. We'll share more information from the Survey with our partners, including PENZ and the Ministry of Education and other interested parties, as it is extremely valuable information as we plan for the future. …

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