Kiwisport is a Government funding initiative to support sport for school-aged children. Kiwisport was launched by the Prime Minister on 11 August 2009.
Kiwisport provides funding for schools for year 1-8 students and year 9-13 students via the Ministry of Education and community projects (via SPARC to regional sports trusts) to achieve the following aims:
- To increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport
- Increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children.
- Support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport.
Read the Prime Minister's media statement for general questions and answers about Kiwisport.
Questions and answers - Kiwisport funding for schools
- How will schools receive the money?
The direct fund will be included in the Ministry of Education’s operations grant paid quarterly to schools and will be identified as a separate line in their entitlement notice. In the first year (2009/10) $6 million will be paid to schools with Year 1-8 students and $3.330 million to schools with year 9-13 students (the existing Sportfit programme is funded until the end of the 2009 school year and $2.67 million of funding is pre-committed for this). In 2010/11 and out years $6 million per annum will be allocated to schools with year 1-8 students and $6 million to schools with year 9-13 students via the Kiwisport direct fund.
- How will the Government ensure schools use the money to increase students’ participation in organised sport?
In line with the Government’s commitment to reducing compliance for schools, no additional reporting methods will be required. However schools will be asked to include a short statement in their annual report on how they have used the funding to increase student’s participation in organised sport. Use of the funding will also be monitored as part of schools’ regular ERO reviews.
- Why do schools have to report specifically on use of Kiwisport funding but not other operational grant funding?
Increasing organised sport is a priority for this Government and it wishes to ensure that direct funding to schools is the best way of achieving this objective.
- What can schools spend the Kiwisport direct funding money on?
Anything that they can demonstrate will lead to more students participating in organised sport. The fund is intended to support schools in establishing new opportunities for young people to get involved in sport, and as such is not intended to cover normal operating costs such as routine property or grounds maintenance. It is also subject to normal operational funding conditions, details of which can be found in chapters 1 and 2 of the Funding, Staffing, and Allowances Handbook. For further information on use of the Kiwisport direct fund, please contact the Ministry of Education helpdesk on 04 463 8383.
- Can the Kiwisport direct funding be used towards the salary of a sports coordinator?
Yes. Boards can use Kiwisport funding to employ and pay teaching staff, as long as this contributes to Kiwisport’s objectives. Use of the funding is also subject to normal operational funding conditions, details of which can be found in chapters 1 and 2 of the Funding, Staffing, and Allowances Handbook. For further information on use of the Kiwisport direct fund, please contact the Ministry of Education helpdesk on 04 463 8383.
- How much will each school get and how will it be calculated?
In the first year, the fund will equate to approximately $13 per Year 1-8 student and $21 for each Year 9-13 student calculated on the most recently-available roll return. As with other operations grant funding, schools will be notified of exactly how much they will receive in their September entitlement notice.
- When can schools expect to receive the first payment?
Schools with Year 1-8 students will receive their first payment on 1 October 2009. Given that most secondary schools are receiving Sportfit funding until the end of the year, the first Kiwisport payment for schools with Year 9-13 students will be made on 1 January 2010.
- Why is funding for Sportfit being absorbed into Kiwisport from 2010?
The Kiwisport funding structure provides more flexibility and fewer compliance requirements for secondary schools and this is in line with the Government’s commitment to getting more money to the frontline with lower administration costs.
- How will the Kiwisport regional partnership fund work?
The Kiwisport regional partnership fund is designed to complement the Kiwisport direct fund by encouraging schools, clubs, community organisations and local businesses to collaborate in increasing opportunities for organised sport. The regional partnership fund will be funded through SPARC to regional sports trusts (RSTs). The RSTs will receive funding based on the number of enrolled students in their region calculated according to roll-return information from the Ministry of Education. RSTs will allocate funding to projects which can ensure new or increased opportunities for school-aged children to participate in organised sport at a community/regional level.