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Sport Manawatu with support from Hotel Coachman & Fisher Print is proud to host the Regional Sports Conference on August 10 2018.

This year the theme is centred around ‘Engagement in Sport’. Our facilitators will look at topics such as: engaging our future; diversity in sport; technology in sport; the power of social media; management of player and parental behaviour; and how this all impacts and influences people to engage in Sport and recreation (more information on topics below).

The Regional Sports Conference will provide you the opportunity to collaborate, learn and listen, to give you the best knowledge and understanding to keep your communities engaged.

Date: August 10th 2018

Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Venue: Hotel Coachman, 40 Fitzherbert Ave, West End, Palmerston North

What to bring: We would encourage you to bring along some questions based on the subject areas outlined below.

A light lunch and Buffet style dinner will be provided, we will also provide a pen and paper.

Ticket Price: $55 – reduced price available when buying 3 or 5 tickets at once.

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Outline of the Day

11:45 AM – 12-40 PM – Registration & Stand up Finger food

12:40 – 12:55 PM – Welcome and Introduction from Sport Manawatu CEO Trevor Shailer

12:55 – 1:00 PM – Short Break

1:00 -2:00 PM –  Technology In Sport (Presented by: Mike Purchas, CEO of www.sportsground.com)

2:00 – 2:10 PM – Break

2:10 – 3:10 PMEngaging our Future  OR Social Media (choose one option)

3:10 – 3:20 PM – Break

3:20 – 4:20 PM – Managing Player Behavior through Building Relationships OR Good Sports (choose one option)

4:20 – 4:30 PM – Break

4:30 – 5:30 PM – Diversity In Sport

5:35 – 6:15 PM – Collaboration Session

6:15 – 6:35 PM – Break

6:35 – 7:30 PM – Buffet Dinner

7:30 – 8:00 PM – Key Note Speaker – David Howman, Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency for 13 years and now Chairman of the newly established Athletics Integrity Unit

8:00 PM – Dessert


Technology in Sport – How technology in sport can benefit players, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters. Mike Purchas, CEO of www.sportsground.com will provide a high level overview of the technology most commonly used today in sport, including websites, online registrations, member management & retention, e-Newsletters, e-Commerce & accounting, knowledge management, competition management and mobile apps. He will focus on the practical ways that savvy sports organisations are now using technology to reduce administrative burden while getting more people more active more often.

Presented By: Mike Purchas, CEO of www.sportsground.com

Diversity in Sport – Are we really catering to the needs of all our participants? We have a responsibility to cater for everyone. We will look at how we can serve the cultural needs of participants, how we can better cater for people with disabilities as well as looking at issues around gender diversity. For more information on Diversity: https://diversityconsulting.co.nz/about/

Presented By: Bev Cassidy – Mackenzie, Director of Diversity Consulting

Social Media – Social Media has become a huge part of all our lives and it should be one of the key tools we are using to communicate with our audiences. Brent Ireland from Colab Digital will provide you with some insights on how to best utilize different social media platforms to engage with your audience and manage an online community. For more information on Brent visit the Colab Digital website: https://collab.co.nz/pages/about

Presented By: Brent Ireland, Social Media Specialist , Colab Digital.

Engaging our Future – How are we keeping our members engaged? Why should the participant value your sporting product? We will be looking into membership numbers in comparison to participation and visiting the impact different offerings have on member and public engagement. How are things like Business House Leagues, Summer Competitions and Modified competitions impacting the way people engage in sport? Is there a need for a changed mindset in the way we are structuring and promoting competitions and other offerings?

Presented By: Jason Fletcher, Sport Manawatu Coaching Advisor.

Good Sports –  Both practitioners and researchers supporting Good Sports agree that issues in children’s sport, such as poor side-line behaviour, early onset of overuse injury, burnout and disaffection with sport, stem from adult involvement in children’s sport and can ultimately hinder success on and off the field. To address these issues and give Kiwi kids the greatest chance of developing a lifelong love of sport, just as you may do, Good Sports believes we need to raise adults’ awareness about their behaviours in children’s sport, and if necessary promote a positive shift in that behaviour. More information about Good Sports : http://aktive.org.nz/good-sports/

Presented By: Simone Spencer, Aktive Auckland Coach Development Advisor & Good Sports expert.

Managing Player Behaviour through Building Relationships – As frontline coaches, managers, officials, and supporters, managing player behavior can always be a challenge. Tim Seaholme a UCOL Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Wellness will be looking at engaging athletes and delivering successful coaching sessions using relationship-based approaches found in teaching. In this session, we will look at how to set up an environment to increase engagement in learning, how to really know if you are successful, and explore why understanding relationship-based approaches can produce positive interactions with athletes.

Presented By: Tim Seaholme, UCOL Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Wellness & New Zealand Men’s Table Tennis Coach


Keynote Speaker – David Howman, Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency for 13 years and now Chairman of the newly established Athletics Integrity Unit

David Howman CNZM is the Chair of the Athletes Integrity Unit, having been appointed to that position by the IAAF Council in April 2017. He is also currently the Chair of World Squash Ethics Commission, was a member of the Australian Government’s Panel reporting on Sport Integrity , and holds the position of Adjunct Professor at AUT.

David was Director General of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), from 2003 until July 2016, and was instrumental in the shaping of WADA into a highly respected and unified global organization responsible for regulating and monitoring world sport and world governments. Among the many partnerships he forged globally was a pivotal one with Interpol culminating in a MOU signed in 2009.

David began his time with WADA as a Foundation Board member representing Oceania, when WADA was established in 1999, and served as Chair of the Legal Committee. He was Deputy Chair of the Independent Anti Doping Observer team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and the Chair of that mission at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Among other positions David has been Chair of New Zealand Tennis, Fair Play Citing
Commissioner for SANZAR and New Zealand Rugby, a Board member for the Hillary Commission for Sport (now Sport New Zealand), and a Board Member of the New Zealand Sports Foundation.

David practises as an independent Barrister in Wellington.



If you would like to be invoiced for your tickets please contact: muzs@sportmanawatu.org.nz

Please let us know the number of attendees, their names, any dietary requirements and their selection of workshops.