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Kia Kori Waitaha is an initiative aimed at getting our young people active in ways that are fun and specifically designed for them. It is the result of a collaboration between 4 sport entities (Canterbury Cricket, Touch Canterbury, Canterbury Hockey and Squash Canterbury) along with the Northwest Collective of community trusts, networks and organisations to face the issue of the lack of physical activity among young people and the gap in opportunities to engage in non-formal sport.

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Lead by participation activators, this programme is run in schools, holiday programmes, community groups and events to deliver play opportunities. Specifically, this program targets those that typically miss out on these opportunities, whether that be from family circumstances, financial barriers or awareness of how to be active. The program includes a range of activities such as modified / structured games, relays, free play and activities such as tug-of-war and swing ball, the goal is to provide something fun for everyone. Our connections with a variety of sporting bodies also means we can support children to engage with sporting clubs and organisations in their local area, should they express a desire to.

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