Sports Development Programme

The Sport Development Programme is designed to empower young Wellington athletes to actively pursue their goals in sport and in life.

Mayor Justin Lester with a big group of ahtletes from the 2017 Sports Talent Development programme.

The Council has partnered with Sport Wellington to deliver the Sports Development Programme, which is designed to empower young Wellington athletes to pursue their goals in sport and in life. Guided by the Balance is Better philosophy this programme focuses on the holistic development of the athlete, knowing that the diversity of experiences and opportunities that they are exposed to will form beliefs that will influence their performance in sport and in life.

Sport development

The programme supports a number of sport 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 pathway.

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

Athlete stories

Find out more about athletes on the Sport Development Programme

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 11 and above. Coaches must be able to offer the required development.

Key criteria include:

  • ability of the sport (through NSOs and RSOs) to contribute to the development of athletes and coaches through long-term planning
  • coaches’ ability to develop athletes within an integrated sport development pathway
  • the organisational capability and capacity to be able to implement and maintain programmes
  • availability of athletes, coaches and support personnel to implement the project.

Keen to be involved in 2021?

Expressions of interest for the 2021 intake will open in December 2020. For more information and to apply see Sport Wellington's website

More information

Ella Pudney
Community Development Advisor, Sport Wellington
Phone: 021 586 503
Email: ellap@sportwellington.org.nz