Fwd: NZ Coach Mag – November 2022


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Sports develops character, if it is addressed with purpose and if it is a goal of the overall program and its leaders.

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A question of character

The question of whether sport develops character has been around a long time. Or does sport, as some suggest, simply reveal it, which may be the case with the first story this month. Imagine you are someone with the overall responsibility for the preparation of a playing field or a cricket pitch: how would you respond to a coach who requested the grass be allowed to grow longer than usual in order to benefit the home team in a game or match? It’s suggested the answer to this question revealed a great deal about the character of someone in the story. How would you answer?

Ngā mihi,  
The Sport Development Team 

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Teen sports can have a significant positive impact on teen well-being. Not only do sports reduce stress, they also give teens ways to bond and practice collaboration, while reaping the physical and mental health benefits of exercising.
Increasing youth participation in sports [the Australian perspective]
In partnership with the sport and education sectors and La Trobe University, the Australian Sports Commission ran pilot programs in over 100 secondary schools across Australia to test sporting products and intervention strategies to keep youth engaged in sport, through secondary schools.

An interview question, an answer, and a whole lot of insight
It’s not often that you can distil an accurate “big picture” view of a person’s character from a single comment. 

More than a game: how to use youth sport to develop strong leaders
As a coach, you have a unique role in a young athlete’s life. With this role, you can be a driving force in developing new leaders who will impact sport and communities. 

Youth sport facts – benefits
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How sport can save your life – a true story
Ruth Fox has a really inspiring story. She has, and continues to, overcome some serious mental health issues. This hasn’t been easy but, throughout it all has been football.

Including deaf and disabled children in sport 
Ade Adepitan returns to his home of Newham and asks local disabled children to tell him about the local sporting provision’s pros and cons for a young disabled athlete.

Research: team sports improve kids’ mental health
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