Sports talent development

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

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

Sports Talent Development athletes


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.

Athlete stories

Find out more about athletes on the Sport Wellington Talent 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 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.

Eight Sports Selected for 2019 Wellington City Council Sports Talent Development Programme

Wellington City Council and Sport Wellington are excited to announce the eight sporting organisations that have been accepted as part of the Sport Talent Development Programme.

The selected sports for 2019 are aligned with the Sport NZ National Talent Strategy focusing on building systems, structures and processes that help nurture talent, and helping young athletes realise their potential in sport and in life.

See the list of eight successful sporting organisations as part of the Sport Wellington Talent Development programme

Keen to be involved in 2020?

Expressions of interest for the 2020 intake will open in October 2019. For more information and to apply see Sport Wellington's Website.

For information on what is required, refer to the 2018 funding application form and example: 2018 Sports Talent Development Programme funding

More information

Mark Watson
Senior Advisor Performance Hub, Sport Wellington

Phone 04 380 2070 x 223 or 021 105 3311