Sport and physical activity are concepts which underpin the work of a host of organisations in New Zealand. Youth, in particular, are the focus of many such efforts, and organisations in the health, education, and sport and recreation sectors are focused on the delivery of high quality services. Regular participation in sport and physical activity is now known to confer several health and social benefits to our youth. Such benefits include reduction in risk factor presentation for
cardiovascular and several other noncommunicable diseases, reduced risk of obesity, higher selfesteem and self-confidence, healthier bone development, and future physical activity status. Additionally, sport, and to a certain extent other forms of active lifestyles, are an important part of the fabric of New Zealand society. Access to, and participation in sport and other active pursuits must been seen as a priority for New Zealand youth both in terms of immediate and future health and well-being, and in relation to New Zealand’s success on the international sporting stage. Understanding physical activity levels and sport participation rates of New Zealand youth is paramount to setting the future direction of the sport and physical activity sectors.
Editor's comments - [ Established under the Sport and Recreation Act 2002, Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) is the crown entity responsible for the delivery of services for sport and physical activity for all age groups. SPARC has a tripartite agreement with the Ministries of Health and Education to oversee the implementation of policy, strategy, and investment in best practice services for sport and physical activity. Presently, the landscape for sport and physical activity services for youth in New Zealand is fragmented and service provision is complex across several sectors, at government and nongovernment level. Taken with national and international trends and forecasts of physical activity and sport participation, SPARC identified the need to conduct a sector-wide review including national consultation and a best practice review of available literature. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Kolt, GS. Schofield, GM. Schofield, L. McLauchlan, C. Svensen, CA. Mackay, LM. (2006). Best Practice Review of Sport and Physical Activity Interventions for Young People Aged 13-18 Years: Volume 1. Auckland: Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Auckland University of Technology & Health and Human Performance Limited.
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