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Children and young people in sport


Sport and Recreation in the Lives of Young Aucklanders report

The Sport and Recreation in the Lives of Young Aucklanders report is based on Sport New Zealand's 'Young People's Survey', which involved over 17,000 New Zealand students, 5,000 of whom were from Auckland across 195 primary, intermediate and secondary schools.


The aim

The aim of this survey was to better understand how, why and where Kiwi kids get involved in sport and recreation. It gives us insight into how Auckland Council can better support community sport. It will enable us to invest more strategically to get more children participating, enjoying, and excelling, in sport and recreation.

The Auckland Plan has a strong focus on and commitment to children and young people.


The findings

Building on the findings of the regional report, the local board area reports highlight key differences for young people who live within the local board and who participated in the survey. Readers and users of the local board reports should:

  • be aware the information is indicative only - results have not been tested for statistical significance (for more information on the approach to identifying differences refer to Section 1.5 of the reports)
  • use the information in conjunction with other sources (such as the profile of young people in the local board area) to provide context, such as Sport New Zealand's Young People's Survey Regional Profiles report on participation across the regional sports trusts' (RSTs) catchment areas. In some instances the differences identified in these reports are different to those identified in the local board area reports. The reasons for this include:
    • different samples and different sample sizes - the regional profiles exclude the Auckland booster sample. (This so the regional profiles can be compared back to the national results/profile). The regional profiles also have larger sample sizes and therefore are subject to less error. 
    • different approaches to identifying differences - the differences in participation identified in the regional profiles have been statistically tested (unlike the local board area reports). 
    • students living in a local board area may belong to sports clubs or attend school outside of the local board area.

The report

View the national report on the Sport New Zealand website.

Summary of the report

Sport and recreation in the lives of young Aucklanders summary report (PDF 1.3MB)

Local board reports

Albert-Eden Local Board area report (PDF 5.3MB)
Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area report (PDF 4MB)
Franklin Local Board area report (PDF 3.8MB)
Henderson-Massey Local Board area report (PDF 9.4MB)
Hibiscus and Bays Local Board area report (PDF 4.4MB)
Howick Local Board area report (PDF 8.6MB)
Kaipātiki Local Board area report (PDF 4.3MB)
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area report (PDF 9.8MB)
Manurewa Local Board area report (PDF 5.5MB)
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board area report (PDF 7.7MB)
Orākei Local Board area report (PDF 6.1MB)
Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board area report (PDF 5.5MB)
Papakura Local Board area report (PDF 4.7MB)
Puketāpapa Local Board area report (PDF 4.7MB)
Rodney Local Board area report (PDF 4.6MB)
Upper Harbour Local Board area report (PDF 7.3MB)
Waitākere Ranges Local Board area report (PDF 6.6MB)
Waitematā Local Board area report (PDF 2.5MB)
Whau Local Board area report (PDF 5.6MB)

Reports are not available for the Waiheke and Great Barrier local board areas due to small sample sizes.


Children and Young People in Sport project

Auckland Council wants to play a role in supporting Auckland's children and young people to be physically active.

The Children and Young People in Sport project is designed to help with council's decision-making in this area.

The council has reviewed the current sport and recreation programmes and initiatives available to children and young people across Auckland. Our findings will guide the council in establishing objectives and priorities for future programmes and projects.

Draft report - sport and recreation programmes for children and young people initiative (PDF 505KB)
Draft summary report (PDF 206KB)


Youth Speak Sport

In May 2016, Auckland Council hosted the Youth Speak Sport summit.

The purpose was to hear young people's views on how they would like to see sport and recreation play a role in their lives.

For information on the findings, read the Youth Speak Sport report.

Youth Speak Sport report (PDF 7.8MB)

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