Balls In School Project Making A Difference

A recent initiative by College Sport Wellington (CSW) with the generous support of the One Foundation has made an immediate difference in Wellington’s secondary schools.

At the start of this term each secondary school in the Wellington region received a delivery of sports balls for their students.  The generous grant earlier this year enabled CSW to purchase 3000 balls – basketballs, volleyballs, rugby balls, footballs, touch balls, futsal balls and netballs, with positive benefits to the students themselves.

One Foundation Chief Executive Kerry Bird says “With the natural sporting talent that New Zealand youth possess, and all the hard work that our  coaches, parents and players put in.  Equipment shouldn’t be a reason why we don’t succeed.  The balls in schools project is a fantastic initiative by College Sport Wellington.  One Foundation are proud to support and facilitate youth in motion”.

The students at Naenae College’s Year 13 Sport Development class were thrilled with the delivery of the balls.  “It is a privilege that our school was selected to receive the balls, there are never enough to go around at trainings,” says prefect Stephen Hoy.  Jeremiah Saoltoga, an U20 Volleyball representative player and boys basketball team member said: “It is a blessing to have this gear.” Kele Kamoto, who is in Naenae College Premier netball and Volleyball team added: “We are able to work better together as one.”

Paraparaumu College’s Director of Sport Julie Meiring agrees.  “This is such a fantastic idea, we are extremely grateful to One Foundation for supplying Paraparaumu College with various sports balls for our Sports programme, says Meiring. “This will really help to grow our participation numbers over all codes.”

Heretaunga College Sports Co-ordinator Claire Anderson concurs.  “This goes a long to keeping our sports fees down and therefore enables more young people to participate in sport,” says Anderson.

“There are a number of barriers to participation and price is one of the key factors. By keeping the sports fees to a minimum we have been able to grow our sports teams in 2018.  “This year both the boys’ and girls’ football teams have expanded from two teams to three, while more students are playing futsal this term.”

College Sport Wellington Executive Director Bryan Dickinson says that “the support from One Foundation has been fantastic, and is truly appreciated by the schools.  It’s a great example of a charitable partner providing effective support for amateur sport.”

Article courtesy of College Sport Media