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Participant’s Cost

Increases in costs for sports will result in costs being passed on to participants and less people being able to afford to play organised sport.

The sport and recreation sector is estimated to have contributed $1,167.1 million to the Auckland economy in 2013.

Charges of Sports Facilities

An increase in charges for sports fields and and a decrease in investment in current spaces and places will impact current sport and recreation users and sports clubs.

50.4% of all participants in sport and recreation take part in regular club competitions, short term organised competitions, one off events or classes.

Diversity in Sport

As our population diversifies, we need to diversify opportunities for sport, recreation and physical activity in our community. Lack of investment in current and new facilities or increases in costs will deter people from participating.

97.7% of all participants take part in sport casually either on their own or with others. Asian participants were less likely to take part competitively.

Funding

Lack of funds allocated to sport, recreation and phsyical activity will see an increase in costs for the user, particularly for those who are disengaged and those who can least afford an increase in costs – usually those population groups that are most underrepresented in sport.

Participants in high deprivation are less likely to take part in sport than those from other socio-economic backgrounds. Sport NZ 2014.

Sport as a Cost Cutter

Sport positively influences the whole social fabric of our community.  It reduces government health and welfare costs like no other sector can. But it can also be tremendously undervalued.

Physical inactivity cost New Zealand’s health care system over $200 million in 2013.

Sport as a Positive Pathway

Participating in teams teaches people to work together, to respect and rely on each other and to communicate. As Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft said, “a kid in sport is a kid out of court”

The number of young people charged in NZ Courts by year end June 2017 included 1,278 Maori, 453 European and 189 Pasifika.

Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Participation

We know sport and recreation is not just valuable for sports sake, it has multiple benefits for the community including good physical and mental health, being active develops and stimulates the brain.

78% of Auckland adults take part in in sport, recreation and physical activity each week.

Community News

Barriers to Physical Activity

The biggest barriers to young people participating in new activities include lack of time, cost and poor health. An increase in the cost of sport and recreation will continue to increase these barriers for our young people. 21% of Auckland children are currently...

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Participant’s Cost

Increases in costs for sports will result in costs being passed on to participants and less people being able to afford to play organised sport. The sport and recreation sector is estimated to have contributed $1,167.1 million to the Auckland economy in...

read more

Charges of Sports Facilities

An increase in charges for sports fields and and a decrease in investment in current spaces and places will impact current sport and recreation users and sports clubs. 50.4% of all participants in sport and recreation take part in regular club competitions, short term...

read more

Diversity in Sport

As our population diversifies, we need to diversify opportunities for sport, recreation and physical activity in our community. Lack of investment in current and new facilities or increases in costs will deter people from participating. 97.7% of all participants take...

read more

Funding

Lack of funds allocated to sport, recreation and phsyical activity will see an increase in costs for the user, particularly for those who are disengaged and those who can least afford an increase in costs – usually those population groups that are most...

read more

Sport as a Cost Cutter

Sport positively influences the whole social fabric of our community.  It reduces government health and welfare costs like no other sector can. But it can also be tremendously undervalued. Physical inactivity cost New Zealand’s health care system over $200 million in...

read more

Sport as a Positive Pathway

Participating in teams teaches people to work together, to respect and rely on each other and to communicate. As Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft said, “a kid in sport is a kid out of court” The number of young people charged in NZ Courts by year end June 2017...

read more

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