Active NZ, Sport New Zealand’s nationwide survey, demonstrated a decline in youth sport participation since 2017. As a response NZR signed Sport New Zealand’s Statement of Intent alongside four other major sports which included the organisations’ collaboration with Balance is Better.
Balance is Better is an evidence-based philosophy and looks to support quality sporting experiences for young people regardless of ability, needs and motivations. It’s also about young people staying involved in sport for life and realising their potential at the same time. The philosophy centres around three myths of junior and youth sport that NZR supports.
Myth 1: Early specialisation is good.
Myth 2: Childhood success leads to adult success.
Myth 3: Successful athletes focus on winning.
Meet our NZR Balance is Better Champions below, All Black Will Jordan and Black Fern Maia Roos.
Read more about our current campaign here.