Sports talent development

The Sports Talent Development Programme helps to develop the talent of young sportspeople in Wellington.

Group photograph of 2014 sports talent development funding recipients

2014 mayoral function to congratulate athletes involved in the programme


The Council has partnered with Sport Wellington to deliver the Sports Talent Development Programme, which aims to increase the number of Wellington sportspeople achieving international sporting success.

Talent development

The programme supports a number of talent development projects aligned to national sports organisation (NSO) and regional sports organisation (RSO) athlete development, and is managed in partnership with Sport Wellington.

The sports bodies receive funding that goes towards helping young aspiring Wellington residents/representatives to progress through the sports high performance pathway - ultimately leading to international sporting success.

The funding is used for athlete and coach development in areas including strength and conditioning, mental skills, coaching workshops, personal development, and injury prevention and rehabilitation.

The Council recognises that talent development is long term, and has made a commitment to fund talent development (since 2007) to assist young Wellington sportspeople to achieve their dreams.

Associated sports

The following sports have being associated with the Wellington City Council Sport Talent Development Programme – athletics, football, netball, swimming, diving, hockey, rugby league, yachting, fencing, kayaking and rugby union.

Athlete achievements

Find out more about athlete achievements on Sport Wellington

Apply for funds

Applications are open to local sporting organisations interested in receiving a share of the funding.

The recipient sportspeople must live in Wellington, and will typically be 16 - 18 years old. Coaches must be able to offer the required development.

Key criteria include:

  • an ability to contribute either to Sport NZ's national high performance objectives or to programmes significant to the Wellington region
  • the sport's ability (through national / regional sports organisations) to develop talented athletes and coaches
  • the importance of the sport to Wellington city.

Keen to be involved in 2017?

Expressions of interest will be called for in October / November 2016 for the 2017 intake.

More information

Mark Watson
Senior Advisor Performance Hub, Sport Wellington

Phone: (04) 380 2070 x 223