Sport Manawatu is all about getting people of all ages active through sport, active recreation, and physical activity.

We support the Palmerston North City Council, and the Manawatu, Horowhenua, and Tararua District Councils, and the Horizons Regional Council with opportunities such as training for teachers and coaches, local and national funding, as well as amazing venues and sports events.

Everything we do aims to increase participation and active recreation as we constantly strive to inspire over 500 clubs,
100 primary schools, 20 secondary schools, and over 40 regional sports organisations or club equivalents.


Sport Manawatu Community Coach Advance Programme

11 March 2019 6:00 pm - 9 December 2019 8:00 pm

First Aid Course

21 September 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Pedal Fit Programme 2019

24 September 2019 6:00 pm - 29 October 2019 7:30 pm

Manawatu Festival for Women & Girls in Sport & Active Recreation

12 October 2019 8:00 am - 20 October 2019 5:00 pm

W.I.C.K.E.D. Programme

16 October 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Manawatu Secondary School Sports Awards

30 October 2019 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


1209, 2019

Register for Women and Girls Forum & Marketplace or Celebration Lunch

September 12th, 2019|

Forum & Marketplace (13th October) Opening conference at the Awapuni Silks Lounge (Racecourse) from 10am-3pm. Attendance of guest speakers who are visible in local and national women’s sport. Refreshments provided. $30 for an Adult, $15 for Youth (18 and under). Celebration & Reflection Lunch (20th October) Celebration to end the week at the sport and rugby institute from 11am - 1pm. Featuring national womens league football: Central vs Auckland.

808, 2019

Promoting women’s sport on the menu at breakfast of champions

August 8th, 2019|

Article from George Heagney - 15:48, Aug 08 2019 Making women's sport more visible and encouraging young people are ways of promoting more females into sport, experts say. Sport Manawatū held a girls and women in sport breakfast at the Sport and Rugby Institute at Massey University on Thursday, where the group heard from guest speakers who talked about how they got to where they are in sport, then discussed ideas. Guest speakers were New Zealand Football president and FIFA executive committee member Johanna Wood, Manawatū under-19 netball co-captain Suraya Goss, player agent Kelly Evans and hockey coach Verity Sharland, who has taken the Central under-18 team to the past three national titles. Massey [...]

708, 2019

Tararua 7-a-side tournament results

August 7th, 2019|

67 teams competed in the 2019 Tararua Seven-a-side Tournament 🏑⚽️🏐🏉today. The outside teams battled showers and mud in the afternoon, but sport was again the winner on the day! We are immensely proud of the positive attitudes from the participating students, as the organising team from Sport Manawatu and the army of volunteers '"do it for the kids" and all those fantastic smiles (and maybe a few 'shivers' as the day went on).  Photos are uploaded on the Sport Tararua Facebook page. If you have some cracking action shots please message Sport Tararua! 😉 Thank you to all the Sport [...]

2305, 2019

Increasing the prospect of winning

May 23rd, 2019|

Dr Lana McCarthy graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy last week. Her research investigated ways in which captains and coaches have constructed the culture of our national netball team, the Silver Ferns. Media coverage and research about female high performance sport falls short compared to male sport in New Zealand, according to new research from Massey University PhD graduate Lana McCarthy. The 32-year-old, who graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy last week, found this lack of information on women’s elite sport an opportunity to conduct a very necessary major study. “The purpose of this research was to investigate the ways [...]

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