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Update for 21/08/13

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In this edition: With the Winter Games 2013 well underway, in the High Performance section we feature a new report looking at the value of New Zealand’s major events investments.  In other sections we include snow sports coaching resources and sponsorship case studies. Our popular Off the Bench topic is sport for development. Organisational Capability features a report that shows our semi-professional and amateur rugby unions involved in the ITM Cup series have made a small surplus for the first time in some years.  

In this Relay

Young People

Education Outdoors NZ maintains that the primary purpose of Education Outside The Classroom is to enrich the learning of students in early childhood centres, and primary and secondary schools. (Education Outdoors New Zealand)
Education Review looks at why Education Outside the Classroom is such an important part of curriculum-based learning. There is also a case study of Geraldine High School and its use of the natural environment. (Education Review)
Thousands of junior footballers across the country have been taking part in the “McDonald’s Skills Zone”, a new initiative from New Zealand Football for junior players and ‘mum and dad’ coaches. Skills Zone materials can be downloaded. (New Zealand Football)
Julian Fowler has returned from the World Junior Golf Championship buzzing from the experience. He earned his place by winning the Junior Tiger National Final. The Junior Tiger concept was introduced in 2009 to get more kids playing golf at both a competitive and participant level in New Zealand. (New Zealand Golf)
A lucky group of primary students from Primary Sport South Auckland schools were given an insight into sporting excellence at AUT Millennium Institute. The 20 students were selected from three schools from the John Walker “Find Your Field of Dreams” Foundation Primary Sport Programme delivered by Counties Manukau Sport. (Counties Manukau Sport) 
This publication looks at the participation of Australian children in sports and cultural activities, as well as their access to the internet at home, using new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. (The Smith Family)
When the school bell rings at the end of the day at Calderhead High School, it’s more like a starting gun for a range of sporting and fitness activities. The school is host to North Lanarkshire’s latest community sport hub. (Sport Scotland)

Community Sport and Recreation

Australian sport faces a looming shortfall in experienced coaches as the workforce ages and fewer people are entering the system, a Deakin University study has found. More than 40 percent of coaches are aged over 50 and more than half have less than 10 years’ experience. (Deakin University)  
This innovative and award winning study examined the provision of sport opportunities to young men from inner-Canadian city areas, including sport programmes might facilitate youth workers in the broader framework of social services offered to such young men. (SIRC) 
In 2008 British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), Sport England and higher education institutions came together to create a new and effective partnership. By working together this partnership aimed to increase the collective impact by delivering sporting outcomes and wider benefits across higher education. This BUCS development strategy 2013-2016 (PDF) aims to continue to support the growth and development of student participation in sport at university. (Sport England)
Research confirms that organisational team sport interventions hold benefits for the organisation. But the question remains: what actions can organisations take to encourage organisational team sport? This study explored employees’ perceptions of actions that organisations can take to encourage team sport in an organisation. ( 
The US Coast Guard and the owner of the world’s largest swim school for babies and toddlers are world-class speakers to feature at the 2013 International Water Safety and Aquatic Education Conference (PDF) in Queenstown in October. (Water Safety NZ) 
The majority of comments received on public open space and major recreation facilities zones were of a general nature. Clear themes that emerged within the feedback included; requests for protection of existing open spaces and requests for more open space to support projected population increase and higher density of development that would be enabled by the unitary plan (Shape Auckland)
This year’s Tour of Southland cycle race will carry an important road safety message (Share the Road), with the announcement of a new partnership between event hosts Cycling Southland and Road Safety Southland. (bikenz) 

Outdoor Recreation

The Ministry for the Environment has released indicator reports on river conditions and swimming suitability. The swimming suitability indicator provides a summary of monitored swimming sites. It reflects a precautionary approach to managing public health risks. (Ministry for the Environment)
This report presents the findings of an assessment of the effects of the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme on existing recreational activities in the scheme area and to identify any potential opportunities for the scheme to support new recreational activities. (Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company Limited)
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council undertook a new survey of 700 residents asking what they would like money spent on if they could to pay higher rates. Some 6.4%, nearly 10,000 people, would support spending more on ‘parks, reserves, planting and habitats’. (Hawke's Bay Regional Council)
The geographical accessibly of recreation opportunities can be a major barrier to use of the New Zealand outdoors. This research provides a population based assessment of the geographical accessibility of recreational opportunities. (University of Waikato)
Outdoors enthusiasts may soon have even more access to information about publicly accessible land, thanks to the release of the Government’s public access mapping information. Web and mobile app developers and others wanting to use the information can plug into the map feed on the commission’s website, (Outdoors NZ)
Work has begun on nine walking projects awarded $63,464 funding through the 2013 round of the Enhanced Access Fund to support collaborative projects that enhance enduring access to New Zealand's great outdoors. (Walking Access Commission)
Sefton Priestley of Christchurch has been appointed Programme Manager of the New Zealand Alpine Club, a newly established to emerge from the recent review and restructure of the club’s professional staff. (New Zealand Alpine Club)

High Performance

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the findings of an economic analysis - the ‘Economic Evaluation Outcomes Meta-evaluation Report’ (PDF) - of the Government’s investment in major events. Eighteen events (including the Winter Games 2011) that received funding between February 2010 and April 2012 were evaluated. (
Global television coverage of the August Audi quattro Winter Games NZ will reach an audience approaching one billion households as the world’s best snow sports athletes compete against the backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. For the first time ever the action is free-to-air for New Zealand viewers. (Winter Games 2013)
The Association of Freeski Professionals has awarded platinum level sanctioning to the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ for both the halfpipe and slopestyle FIS Freestyle Ski World Cups at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Only seven out of 56 events on last season’s AFP World Tour were given platinum level sanctioning. (NZ Skier)
Sochi 2014 has unveiled the largest ever Winter Olympic programme for next year's Games, with a record 98 medals to be contested across the seven winter sports of biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, skating, skiing, luge and ice hockey between February 7 and 23. (inside the games)
After more than 30 years as a respected athletics official New Zealander Trevor Spittle has been rewarded at the World Championships in Moscow when he took up a role as one of ten International Technical Official) at the IAAF’S flagship event (Athletics NZ)
Brazil has recently hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup. This event was meant to be a test for FIFA’s Football World Cup in 2014 and the IOC’s Olympic Games in 2016. However, an occasion supposed to showcase a new and well-developed country with modern sports facilities was faced with the spectacle of thousands of protesters marching down the country’s streets. (Sport Business Insider)
With just under two years until kick off in the first match of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015, FIFA and the New Zealand Football Local Organising Committee have confirmed that seven cities will host matches during the tournament. (Northern Football Federation)

Organisational Capability

This brief report includes four international snow sports sponsorship case studies, as well reporting on the attributes of and participation in the sport in New Zealand.  (gemba)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area has become the first ski area in New Zealand to add ‘live’ snow gun activity to its website. Recognising the rocketing increase in social media usage, free guest WiFi is now also provided at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas to help promote the alpine experience. (NZ Ski)
The ITM Cup rugby unions have achieved a combined annual surplus of around $0.5 million, the first surplus in at least six years, according to the second edition of the Deloitte Sports Review ‘State of the Unions’. (Deloitte)
In what is a New Zealand Super Rugby first, the Crusaders will be referred to as the ‘BNZ Crusaders’ from 2016 onwards, as part of a significant new sponsorship agreement. (Crusaders)
The International Cycling Union has published the full report from the UCI Stakeholders Consultation, ‘A Bright Future for Cycling’. The Deloitte report is expected to lay the foundation for the future development of the sport. (International Cycling Union)
Bruce Edgar helped form one of this country’s best opening partnerships in the 1980s and nearly 30 years later is returning to help form a new partnership at New Zealand Cricket. Nominated by a panel including Sir Richard Hadlee, Edgar brings a background in both commerce and cricket to the role. (New Zealand Cricket)

Sports Science and Technology

Confidentiality and protection of athletes' medical information is increasingly challenging in the era of social media.  As physicians travel both domestically and internationally to cover events, it is important to consider legal and social aspects of caring for the athlete. (British Journal of Sports Medicine)
Over the past decade, in study after study in animals and people, exercise has been shown to improve the ability to learn and remember. But the specifics of that process have remained hazy. Is it better to exercise before you learn something new? What about during? And should the exercise be vigorous or gentle? (American College of Sports Medicine)
The aim is to define what a concussion is in addition to other common head injuries. The return to play guidelines for concussion are reviewed and discussed. (Health and Fitness Journal)
The majority of health problems in marathon runners occur in first-time competitors, with the thigh being the most commonly injured area and muscle cramps and heat exhaustion being the most common problems. (Sports Science, Medicine & Rehabilitation)
The prevalence of iron deficiency is much higher in active women, and poor iron status is detrimental to overall health and physical performance. Iron status can be assessed using a number of indicators. However, clinical cut-offs for active populations remain controversial. (Sport Medicine Reports)
It is not known if the timing of creatine supplementation will affect the adaptive response to exercise. This investigation was to determine the difference between pre versus post exercise supplementation of creatine on measures of body composition and strength. (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition)
Six of the world’s most successful para-swimmers will be taking part in a day of awareness for clean sport at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have teamed up to create a day dedicated to raising awareness of anti-doping and to call for athletes to compete clean in all sports. (
The President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, has congratulated the Federal Sports Minister, Senator Kate Lundy, after the ASADA Bill passed through the Senate. The new law compels suspect athletes and other people to face questioning from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and produce documents on request. (Australian Olympic Committee)

AFL charges laid - ASADA Investigation – 13 Aug 2013
The Australian Football League has charged the Essendon Football Club under the AFL Rules in relation to the supplements programme at the club in 2011 and 2012. (AFL)

Off the Bench: Sport and Development

The new publication - Journal of Sport for Development - will provide multi-disciplinary focus for researchers, implementers, funders and policy-makers. Its objective is to examine, advance and disseminate evidence, best practices, and lessons learned from sport for development programmes and interventions. (Journal of Sport for Development)
Participants at the 5th world conference of sports ministers in Berlin adopted an extensive list of recommendations to curb corruption in sport, share the socio-economic benefits of sport more equitably and ensure access to sport for all. (UNESCO)
Sport Unpacked is a regular podcast (also transcribed) exploring issues in sport and views of researchers at La Trobe University, Melbourne. The topic here is sport development: how and why sport is being used for development, evidence that it works, and why governments should use sport for development outcomes. (La Trobe University) 
The Foundation for Global Sports Development was established in 1996 with the vision of using sport as a vehicle to promote education, sportsmanship, fair play, and ethics among the world’s youth. This report looks at the partnerships and other work of the Foundation. (Foundation for Global Sports Development)
The Youth Leadership Programme recognises the potential that youth have to invoke change in their community, especially in the field of sport for development.  By helping youth develop their leadership skills, this programme not only contributes to the personal development of youth, but also to community development.  (United Nations)
"They are amazing ambassadors for their countries and the human race." With Poznan 2013 underway, sportanddev speaks to Mel Young, founder of the Homeless World Cup, which brings people together from around the world to improve the lives of homeless people. (sportanddev)
FC Barcelona and UNICEF have had a global partnership since 2006 to improve the lives of millions of children by providing them with the opportunity to receive an education, participate in sports and learn positive values such as inclusion. (UNICEF)
U.S. Olympic soccer star Abby Wambach talks about the important role that sport plays in development programmes for women and girls around the world. (USAID)

Useful weblinks

Snow Sports Coaching NZ is committed to the educating and skill-development for all coaches in five different competitive snow sport disciplines: ski racing, freeskiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, and adaptive snow sports.
This collection of expert content is free and includes hundreds of articles consisting of everything from specific skills training, tips and drills, to pre-game meals and mental preparation.
CommunityNet Aotearoa’s financial management resources for community and voluntary groups are listed on this page. 

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