SportStart is a programme that focusses on developing fundamental movement skills in children aged 5 to 12 years.

It’s about upskilling and supporting teachers through creating and improving PE programmes for young people that will impact them for life.

How does it work?

Sport Southland staff will work closely with identified schools to upskill and support all of their teachers.

In every class in the school, Sport Southland staff will

  • take sessions with classrooms
  • take sessions alongside teachers
  • observe teachers in the classroom

There are also substantial resources available to teachers.

Sport Southland staff also work closely with teachers to develop PE plans in line with numeracy and literacy plans.

What schools are involved?

In Terms 1 and 2, 2015, five schools are involved, including: St Theresa’s Invercargill, St Joseph’s Invercargill, New River, Mataura and Waiau Area.

How will you know if it has made a difference?

There will be baseline measures for teachers, and then children. The evaluation is based on the way numeracy and literacy measures are monitored in children aged 5 to 12; but rather measures physical literacy. Sport Canterbury has used the programme for the past three years with some excellent results.

How can I or my school be involved?

At this stage 18 schools have registered an interest in being involved. Depending on the needs of the schools currently involved, another intake of schools may happen before Term 3. In the meantime, the workshops that will be run for teachers involved in the programme will be opened to all teachers, so you are welcome to come along and find out more about the initiative.

Where can I learn  more?

Sport Canterbury developed SportStart and worked closely with Sport Southland to get it up and running in Southland schools.

Check out the Sport Canterbury website for more information >>

Find Out More

Contact Sport Southland Community Sport Manager Andrew Petrie

P: 03 211 2150