BLENHEIM,NEW ZEALAND. 12th March 2016. Rugby League. Wairau Taniwhas vs Victory Phoenix at Lansdowne Park. Photo: Ricky Wilson/Shuttersport.co.nz

Sport given a $400k boost

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Rātā Foundation has granted $433,090 to Nelson’s sports and recreation sector, with Sport Tasman taking the largest splice of the funding pie.

Sport Tasman was granted $65,000 directly with another $20,500 going to the trust for specific buildings it manages, including Saxton Stadium, Richmond Town Hall and the Motueka Recreation Centre.

The next largest recipient was Victory Boxing, collecting $20,000.

Rata Foundation says its allocation was less than half of the $1.2 million requested from Nelson and Tasman sporting organisations. Chief executive Louise Edwards says the traditional sporting organisations need to be careful who they’re targeting, with their research suggesting a “shift” away from traditional sport.

“The findings from our research revealed a real shift in the way people now approach their sport and recreation activities. The trend appears to be a move away from traditional sport, with the range of sport and recreational activities requiring funding becoming more diverse. Evidence also points to more informal participation in physical activity as a result of changing lifestyles and environmental factors,” she says.

Louise says getting young people engaged in some form of sport and recreation activity was a high priority.

“All the research we have seen points to our young people leading an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. We want to see our children gaining a love of physical activity at an early age, so they continue with lifelong participation and all the health and wellbeing benefits which come with it through their lives.”

One example of this is the No Child Left Inside Primary School Programme which aims to get children excited about physical activity and motivated to be part of groups and games.

The programme, founded by Nelson’s Matt Watson, will be operating in 18 schools involving 2750 children over 34 weeks of the school year. No Child Left Inside has been endorsed by Sports Tasman who state they believe the programme is an integral part of the provision on fundamental skills to children in the Nelson region and is a valued community partner of Sport Tasman.

Louise says Rātā Foundation applauds a programme which not only recognises the importance of getting young people moving but also the social side of play and the rewards this brings.

Other organisations who received a high proportion of funding were Tasman Rugby Union, Tasman Rugby League, Inclusive Sports Trust, Nelson Basketball Association, Nelson Bays Football, Nelson Bays Tennis Association, Nelson Cricket Association, Nelson Netball Centre, Baseline Basketball Club (all $15,000).