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Upper Hutt Leader : August 17th 2011
48 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 17, 2011 Dave Workman Clubs & Communities Activator firstname.lastname@example.org 027 213 7572 Mike Mercer Schools Activator email@example.com 027 213 7583 Activation Team tel: 04 527 2113 UPPER HUTT CITY ACTIVE RECREATION GATE - Gifted & Talented Education Creating Waves in the Sporting Scene The GATE 2011 programme consisted of a week long course for 13 high achieving sports students from year 5 or 6 around Upper Hutt. Students were selected by their school (one per school) as a top athlete and all round sports achiever. The course covered a range of sports related topics including leadership, nutrition, goal setting, ftness and specifc sports skills. Sports targeted for 2011 were rugby, soccer, softball and swimming. In addition students were exposed to numerous exercise challenges, games and activities including visits to the Hurricane's training, local gym's, and H20 Xtream. The 2011 coordinator mentioned, "It was such a great opportunity to work with a group of young gifted and talented sports people. The programme had a good balance of coaching, teaching and role modelling, I feel that this type of programme is a great way for talented students to gain confdence in their abilities and potential." GATE is the starting point for the pathway of high achievers in Upper Hutt, providing a lead in to Intermediate and College programmes. Activation organises the programme however relies on external funding to ensure it continues. For 2011, Lions Foundation were the sponsors. The benefts of GATE are there for all to see with students learning, experiencing and excelling in sports activities. Parents too see the great opportunity that this course provides, one commenting that, "My son experienced "one of the best weeks of my life!" You can't really top that! As a parent whose child has had this wonderful opportunity all I can say is a HUGE thank you." Student Sport Transitions Project Completion: An Upper Hutt Milestone An exciting sports initiative has been underway for the past twelve months and created a huge range of opportunities for the Upper Hutt Community. Courtesy of Kiwisport funding through Sport Wellington, Activation, the Upper Hutt City Council Community Recreation team have been focusing on secondary school leavers, club development and the transition in and out of college sport. The project offcially came to an end in June 2011 with some outstanding results, far surpassing the identifed targets in a number of areas. Full results and information about the scope of this project can be found in a vibrant newsletter specifcally developed to showcase this project. It can be accessed online at: http://www.upperhuttcity.com/stayinsport An external evaluation was undertaken for this project and has given much insight into the real benefts that have been seen for Upper Hutt. "The project has put in place the building blocks for long term cultural change. Club personnel were in general very positive about their involvement in the project and how they made improvements for improved participation by young people in their clubs." - External Evaluator In addition, the evaluation has provided key recommendations for future work and it is hoped through further funding elements of this project can continue in 2011 and 2012. Several new initiatives have also been identifed that would contribute signifcantly to areas of need. Activation will be pushing hard to maintain the momentum developed during this project and build on the groundwork achieved to date. Michael Mercer, the project coordinator says that "This project has achieved some great things and has further potential for our community. Not only has it touched our local young people, but provided a huge boost to our clubs, schools and volunteers." Some key highlights include; an additional ffty young people are now members at local clubs, sixty-fve students and ffteen volunteers have undergone coaching and refereeing training, seventeen new sports teams have been entered in college sport competitions from our local secondary schools, a total of 2998 students and local community members have been affected as a result of this project. "There has been a signifcant increase in support mechanisms to help schools, clubs and students to stay in sport," states the external evaluator, summing up the remarkable impact this project has had to Upper Hutt's sports and recreation sector. Michael can be contacted at Activation, tel: 04 527 2113; cell: 027 213 7583 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 18th September 2011 --- Wellington Schools Road Cycling Champs, Trentham YMCA and also (dates tba) --- PNP's Balfour-Pennington Series (Junior Grades and Distances will be run) Juniors & Womens Road Cycling 2011 Capital Spin Winter Criterium Series August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th & Sept 4th, 11th Sundays 12.30pm: Registration (first event: Under 13's 1pm) Alexander Road, Trentham (Old GM site) Grades: U13, U15, U17 U19 and Womens events Entry Fee: $25.00 for the series or $8.00 each event. Controlled Road event with little or no traffic - ideal for Junior riders! Prizes: for each event & Series Points (Series Sprint Leader and Overall Winner) For further information, or to get an entry form,Contact: Deirdre Johnson: 021 772 461 or email@example.com This Crit Series is ideal for fur ther Cycle Racing: COMING SOON: www.pnp.org.nz (Sept 25th cancelation back-up date)
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