Good Sports® aims to create positive sporting experiences for Kiwi kids by supporting and educating the key adult influencers in children’s sport: parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers and sport leaders.
Both practitioners and researchers supporting Good Sports agree that issues in children’s sport, such as poor side-line behaviour, early onset of overuse injury, burnout and disaffection with sport, stem from adult involvement in children’s sport and can ultimately hinder success on and off the field. To address these issues and give Kiwi kids the greatest chance of developing a lifelong love of sport, Good Sports believes we need to raise adults’ awareness about their behaviours in children’s sport, and if necessary, promote a positive shift in that behaviour.
We all know sport can be a vehicle to help children to be active, healthy and learn life skills; critical in the success of these things happening, is the quality of support that adults provide children in sport.
Good Sports Online Modules
Looking for an interactive way to learn about Good Sports online? Check out the Good Sports Online Modules to start your time on the right foot with the best approach to coaching kids.
Aktive have created a tool that will help you as an adult take a step back and reflect on the bigger questions; am I helping a child have a quality sporting experience and am I helping children fall in love with sport? The Good Sports Spine looks to help you answer these questions.
The Good Sports Spine is a great tool for reflecting on what kind of environment you’re promoting in children’s sports. As a coach you should use this tool to guide how you coach.
The ultimate guide for all coaches in youth sport!
No matter if you’re new to coaching or have been coaching for years read our Good Sports Guide For Coaches. Find out all that you need to know about coaching children from why they play sport or how to deal and handle parents.