Funding & Sponsors

Governance Support

Sport Manawatū host quarterly Governance events for those who are on sports or clubs boards and/or committees

These events are to increase capability and understanding of governance leaders in the sport sector. The Governance workshops create professional development and networking opportunities for our governance members of the sport sector.

Previous Sessions – Succession Planning in Governance with Raewyn Eastwood:

Sport Manawatū

Balance is Better

About Balance is Better

Balance is Better is about keeping our young people in sport. Sport NZ developed the evidence-based philosophy to inform and provide a framework for the sport system to put the needs of the participant/athlete first.

Its overall objective is to ensure the sport system provides opportunities for ALL tamariki and rangatahi (young people aged 5-18) to positively experience the benefits of sport participation and to realise their potential.

The focus of the philosophy is on why young people play sport – to have fun, experience challenge, develop and improve, be part of a team or group, and be with friends.

Addressing system issues

Balance is Better is also about ‘pushing back’ against 3 key issues that are evident in youth sport. These issues have been identified through research and insight and are supported by evidence:

  1. Childhood success is not a reliable predictor of future success
  2. Identifying athletes early and specialising early is taking its toll on young people
  3. A focus on winning rather than development is a problem because it can have unintended consequences on the wellbeing of the participant and affect their motivation to take part.

Find out more about Balance is Better here

Parent information

  • Good Sports
  • Good Sports Youth
  • National Approach
  • Resources for Parents

Nick Fee

  • 027 440 9847

Active Communities Fund


Sport Event Partnership Fund


Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund


Support for Sports