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KiwiSport two years on KiwiSport is having a significant impact on the number of school-aged children accessing opportunities to play sport. After two years of operation, KiwiSport has funded more than 1.8 million participant sessions, delivered to 382,000 children and had $16m worth of projects approved by Regional Sports Trusts across New Zealand. Government projects traditionally have been difficult to sustain once the funding has changed but KiwiSport’s community organisations, including schools and clubs, have contributed an additional $6 million to the total investment. Harbour Sport’s Mahurangi Clubs and Schools Sport project has multiple partners. These are Mahurangi Rugby Club, Warkworth Athletics Club, Warkworth Hockey Club, and schools at Ahuroa, Kaipara Flats, Leigh, Matakana, Snells Beach and Warkworth. The aim of this project was to: yy increase the quality of physical education programmes in schools so that all students get more opportunities to be physically active in sport, develop higher levels of skill and competence, and greatly increase their confidence to a level where they are likely to want to join club sports. yy establish links between clubs and schools to make clubs accessible for students to join. yy increase the number of teachers, parents and community volunteers who are able to coach and manage sports teams, and yy increase the skill levels of teachers, parents and community volunteers. There have been considerable successes from this project across multiple sports. In athletics there has been a 25 percent increase in participation numbers. The club believes this can be directly attributed to the in-class athletics development students and teachers have received. Snells Beach Primary has bowls being played at the school. The local community has come into the school to use the hall and the success was in seeing the older generation working alongside and coaching the students. The community engagement, respect and development of social capital have been evident. Strong tennis links have been developed with the local club. There has been an increase in the numbers of participants at Mahurangi East Tennis Club as a result of the KiwiSport coach linking children into the club. There has also been improved delivery of sport within schools. Teacher professional development with coaching has seen a noticeably greater level of activity during sessions. There are now more students actively engaged in lessons for longer periods of time which means less time spent waiting in lines for their turn. Children have learned fundamental ball skills. This now sees more children opting to play sport such as handball in the playground during lunchtime. The choice to play sport is due to increased confidence and improved hand-eye coordination with the key success of children transferring skills from KiwiSport lessons to active playtimes. From a small beginning, KiwiSport has grown into a Government-funded initiative that delivers significant coaching, volunteer and sporting outcomes. Harbour Sport is proud of its involvement and looks forward to it continuing to grow and impact on our local communities.

A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Junior golf

The Mangawhai Golf Club is inviting new junior members to come along and see if they like golf. Boys and girls over eight years old are welcome, under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Mix of on-course play and off-course coaching. Info: Denise Stuart 431 4023, or email Wrestling

The North City Silverbacks Olympic Wrestling Club trains every Thursday at Mahurangi College Gym. College wrestling for rugby is at 3.30pm, and club wrestling from 4.15pm. New members welcome. Info: Graham 09 426 7156. Karate

Go-Kan-Ryu (GKR) Karate is held at the Masonic Hall, Baxter Street Warkworth, on Monday nights from 7.30pm. Suitable for children over five years old, adults and families welcome. Visitors welcome. Info: Hayden 021 753 115, visit: Tennis

Wellsford Tennis has juniors on Thursdays from 3.30pm and midweek tennis on a Wednesday from 9.30am. All welcome, racquets available. Info: Vanessa Oldfield 423 7066. Table tennis

Social table tennis and junior table tennis is held at the Matakana Village Hall every Tuesday from 7.30pm. All welcome. Adults $2 and students $1. Info: Mary Perkins 425 8146 or George Anderson 423 0424. List sports news by phoning Nichole on 425 9068 or email

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