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Celebrating innovation, collaboration and achievement in play, active recreation and sport.

Community Connection Award

Celebrating those individuals or organisations that have created physical activity initiatives that respond to the needs of the community and its participants. This award is designed to recognise those who are working hard to understand their communities and tailor their offerings to help break down barriers to participation, putting participant experience at the heart of decision-making, and using physical activity to create connection in the community to bring people together.

Sport & Active Recreation Partnership Award

Celebrating collaboration and the coming together of key organisations to leverage outcomes for the betterment of play, active recreation and sport opportunities and experiences. This award is for councils, community, sport or recreation organisations, iwi, schools or any other organisations who have partnered with others to provide sport and active recreation opportunities to their communities.

Outstanding Active Space Initiative

This award celebrates the unique use of spaces, place and facilities in ways that support increased participation in play, active recreation and sport. This is an initiative or project using a local space - for example parks and open spaces, community halls and facilities, playgrounds, waterways, gullies or school spaces, and it focused on a celebration of the ways that sport, active recreation and play spaces can be created anywhere!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Awarded to an innovative initiative that supports diversity and inclusion in sport and active recreation by increasing access, participation, leadership opportunities, community connection and inclusion for ethnic minority groups, disability, women and girls, cultural and religious groups.

Community Unsung Hero

We’re looking for those people in your community that help make play, active recreation and sport happen – those who have given their time during the nomination period to provide opportunities, create change and support participation in a volunteer capacity. Maybe they’ve been instrumental in increasing numbers at your club, provided their expertise at the governance table to support the organisation’s direction, they might have lead initiatives, or provided their professional services at no cost to help something great happen. 

Community Coach

Nominate a community coach for their ability to create positive team culture, provide participation and development opportunities for all youth sport participants, and promote the spirit of the game - encouraging fair play and commitment to Balance is Better/Good Sports principles.

Commitment to Youth Engagement

Nominate an individual or initiative that supports youth participation in physical activity to grow the number of children and young people engaging in play, active recreation or sport, and reverse participation drop-off. Initiatives may be in the areas of play, active recreation or sport and can be targeted at any age group from early childhood through to young adults (age range 0-24).

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About us

The Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards are a celebration and acknowledgement of those who work to change the way they deliver programmes and initiatives to meet the needs of the participant. 

Whether you're running a bootcamp in the park, developed a programme to cater to diversity, an initiative aimed at youth, or you're a coach who provides a positive, fun and engaging experience for young people - we want to hear all about it!