Youth Development Programmes

Youth development programmes which help engage, motivate and inspire young people to maximize their potential both at school, in sport and in life.

 

“Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can. It speaks to people in a language they understand”  Nelson Mandela

   

The programmes are designed to give input at each year level and community group. They are graduated and look to support and enhance previous year’s learning. Connection with students on an ongoing basis increases our ability to impact and reinforce a message that will stay with them beyond their school years.

 

Ignite Sport embraces the principles of Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa and makes every effort to use best Youth Work Practice as outlined in the Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

Read references from some of the schools we engage with.

 

Youth Development Programmes we offer

Intermediate School level

Secondary School level

Oho Ake (Awaken/Rise Up) for disengaged or ‘at risk’ young people

Programme Strands

Fusion - young people with a refugee background

 

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL LEVEL

 

Years 7 & 8: A range of life skills and sports-focused sessions have been developed to encourage exercise and recreation, participation in sport and assist students’ transition into the secondary school environment.

Life skill components include; identifying gifts/talents, self-worth, peer-pressure, making positive life choices, setting goals and recognizing barriers to success.

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL LEVEL

 

Year 9: CHOICES is a transition and positive relationship programme which engages senior students / Sports Leaders as peer mentors. CHOICES encourages students to develop useful life and inter-personal skills and assists with the development of positive educational and personal goals. The programme is accessed by all Year 9 students.

 

Year 10: ONTRACK is a focused Sports Academy programme designed to use the power of sport to engage, motivate and inspire students to reach their full potential as athletes and as people. The programme is designed to support students who have shown talent or are in need of focused input in sport, education and life. Typical students range from 'Gifted and Talented' to those who may be at risk of underachieving or may be in someway disadvantaged.

 

ONTRACK aims to complement, support and be an extension of the school’s Physical Education curriculum outcomes and teaching strategy.

 

Year 11: SPORTS AMBASSADORS introduces leadership concepts with a specific focus on ‘leading self’. The programme is designed to develop young sports leaders and help them recognize that in order to positively influence and lead others they must first learn to lead themselves. This implies leadership in both sport and within the school community.

 

A comprehensive 3-day BOOT CAMP experience is also available for schools to take advantage of as part of the SPORTS AMBASSADORS year.

 

Year 12: SPORTS LEADERS (Phase One). Education is a critical factor in growing great leaders. Sports and Recreation is a powerful environment for young people to learn about leadership and to grow their leadership potential. The Sports Leaders programme is all about learning to lead others. Students are exposed to leadership styles and roles, the power of influence and becoming positive role-models. A practical project is delivered within the school community as part of the year (e.g. inter-class or inter-house sports tournaments).

 

Year 13: SPORTS LEADERS (Phase Two - Service Through Sport). This programme has a ‘service’ focus with opportunities for senior students to ‘model’ leadership as a mentor / athlete, and positively influence junior students and wider school culture. The programme includes a service project to be delivered within the school and / or local community, (e.g. teaching sports fundamentals or a new sport to neighbouring Intermediate or feeder schools).

 

Years 12 and 13: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. Ignite Sport offers specific training to Prefects/senior students who are in positions of influence and leadership within the school.

 

OHO AKE (AWAKEN/RISE UP)

Oho Ake is a framework for youth development with young people disengaged and/or ‘at risk’.

It is a strategy which uses the power of sport and recreation to engage with young people who are recognised as being ‘at risk’ or who are disengaging with school and their education or face issues specifically relating to their futures, i.e. young people out of work, refugee youth resettlement.

Often more specialist programmes/workshops need to be delivered to assist young people with specific areas of need. Oho Ake programmes are targeted and strategic to best serve the young person, their school and community.

The Oho Ake framework embraces the idea that sport can encourage young people to aspire to greater things. Involvement in sport and reinforcing a young person’s gifting/passion encourages greater learning, creates positive pathways and fosters community engagement.

Oho Ake can be delivered at Intermediate or Secondary School level or in the community to a specific group.  It can also be used as an initiative to create opportunity for young people registered as ‘out of work’.

Ignite Sport has experience at both levels. The organisation works currently with Wainuiomata Intermediate, Porirua College and with alternative education groups using the Oho Ake framework.

 

IGNITE SPORT'S PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Ignite Sport Youth development programmes are delivered with the school’s needs in mind. Relevant staff are encouraged to give input into final programme structure and content. Delivery schedule and time frames can be arranged to suit your school week/term timetable.

 

STUDENT SELECTION AND IDENTIFICATION

School PE department staff and/or the Sports Coordinator will identify potential participating students and determine the selection criteria. Identified students are invited to ‘apply’ to participate.

 

TRAINERS AND SUPERVISORS

Ignite Sport will coordinate and arrange for appropriate staff, workshop facilitators, coaches and known sports people to deliver the programme. School staff are welcome to observe and/or assist with input and supervision.

 

PROGRAMME STRANDS: The Ignite Sport Difference.

Many coaches and sports volunteers all too often neglect issues of ‘balance’ in a young person’s life. Athletes need to be coached and trained in skill development, however they also need to consider issues of character, values and ‘heart’. As Graham Henry once said: ”Great men make great All Blacks”. This is where Ignite Sport plays a unique part in assisting young people to think about all areas of life that potentially work against them in achieving that optimum performance both ‘on’ and ‘off’ the sports field. 

 

Ignite Sport calls this ‘coaching the core’ or developing 'inner fitness'. Projects and programmes are designed to support and motivate young people, encouraging them to embrace and develop not only their sporting ability but also to recognize the pathways necessary to succeed in life.

 

The concept of ‘balance’ or ‘well-being’ encompasses the physical, mental, social and spiritual dimensions of health and life. This is often explained using the Whare Tapawha model where all four walls of the whare are necessary for strength and symmetry. This concept is recognized by the World Health Organisation and forms part of the current PE and Health curriculum.

 

Ignite Sport applies this thinking of ‘balance’ to an athlete and his/her potential to maximize opportunity. Ignite Sport’s ‘four-legged’ chair concept emphasizes the need for athletes to strive to obtain and maintain ‘balance’ in order to reach their ‘full’ potential both on and off the field.

 

The Ontrack programme incorporates a wide variety of training and learning experiences essential to each of these four strands. A large selection of workshop and learning options are available for schools/classes to choose from.

 

Elements of Ignite Sports Youth Development programmes on offer include:

 

Physical Balance (Taha Tinana)

Mental and Emotional Balance (Taha Hinengaro) 

Speed and agility

Goal setting

Fitness testing

Develop a training programme

Injury prevention

Sports psychology

Spatial awareness and anticipation

Future pathways  - careers in sport

Sports specific skill development

Mentors, role models and heroes

Recreational sport

Athlete interviews and stories

Coordination and reaction times

Dealing with success and failure

Exercise and fitness

Barriers to success

Strength and conditioning

Commitment

Basic anatomy

Perseverance

Posture and flexibility

Confidence

Large and small ball skills

Positive decision making

Nutrition

Separate single gender sessions on issues relative to each group.

Learning a new sport

Peer pressure

Visit to local Gym

 

Running style and development

 

Indoor sports tournament

 

Social Balance (Taha Whanau)

 

Spiritual Balance (Taha Wairua)

 

Team building & cooperation

Character & personal values

Parent education

Reputation and attitude

Developing your support team

Balance vs imbalance

Loyalty and commitment

Inner fitness (Coaching the core)

Team roles

Giftedness/talent (born to play)

Leadership

The Ripple Effect – Making right decisions

Leading yourself

 

Leading others

 

The power of influence

 

Coach/mentor responsibilities

 

Group management

 

Service projects through sport

 

 

 

FUSION

 

Fusion youth development programmes are three-days of activities leading to greater connection for young people with a refugee-background.  Fusion involves sports, recreational activities, personal development and introduction to opportunities in their Kiwi community.

 

They are held in Hamilton, Palmerston North, Porirua and Lower Hutt annually, in partnership with New Zealand Red Cross and funded significantly by the Office of Ethnic Communities.

 

Fusion helps the young people settle and strengthen their connection with their local community whilst helping set personal goals in a new culture and reinforce positive decision-making.

 

This is what Dennis Maang, Social Worker with New Zealand Red Cross recently said about Fusion:

 

Fusion Program is one of the very few programs that refugee background especially newly arrived youth get to connect with apart from school and other primary support agencies that are supporting their families. Even with primary support agencies, the youth are usually left out to get attention.

 

It is good to see that they are making friends and communicating across different cultures, beliefs and gender which will help not only them but also their families and the ethnic community they specifically belong to, to be able to participate accordingly in this multicultural society.

 

RESOURCES

Ignite Sport ensures all necessary resources are readily available and booked, including venues and equipment. This may involve utilizing school equipment, classroom space and gymnasium.

 

WORKBOOKS AND RECORD OF LEARNING

Individual workbooks are distributed to each participant at the start of the programme. Students can keep a record of learning and collate information they receive from sessions.

 

GRADUATION

A graduation ceremony is held at the end of the programme to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of participants. Certificates will be awarded to each student who completes the course.

Where practical, parents, family members and supporters are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony.

IGNITE SPORT'S PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Ignite Sport Youth development programmes are delivered with the school’s needs in mind. Relevant staff are encouraged to give input into final programme structure and content. Delivery schedule and time frames can be arranged to suit your school week/term timetable.

 

STUDENT SELECTION AND IDENTIFICATION

School PE department staff and/or the Sports Coordinator will identify potential participating students and determine the selection criteria. Identified students are invited to ‘apply’ to participate.

 

TRAINERS AND SUPERVISORS

Ignite Sport will coordinate and arrange for appropriate staff, workshop facilitators, coaches and known sports people to deliver the programme. School staff are welcome to observe and/or assist with input and supervision.