Can sport make a difference?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Pathway 16-20 is a three year collaborative ‘Active Communities’ project in the Western Bay of Plenty between Sport Bay of Plenty, Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council, District Health Board and Sport NZ.
It engages youth that have become dis-engaged, and empowers them through sport, developing skills, attitudes, competencies and values for life.
Pathway 16-20 is not a short term programme, but a long term approach that offers youth involved a range of opportunities ranging from motivational fitness sessions, coaching sessions, volunteering in the community, mentor sessions and opportunities to gain work experience.
Youth can be referred to the programme by visiting our website or though several government or community organisations. Each participant on the programme is interviewed and an individual plan is produced, which the participant follows with support from Sport Bay of Plenty youth staff.
Sport is a great way of engaging youth, the skills that sport teaches are applicable to life, and is a great vehicle to teach life skills needed as it can cover all aspects of learning styles. In the programme we also use fitness and team building sessions to deliver key life messages to the group.
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