AktiveAnnualReport2016/2017 19 MORE AUCKLANDERS MORE ACTIVE To enable more Aucklanders to be more active, we need to achieve greater value for every dollar invested as well as attract greater investment into a sector that’s important to both the regional economy and New Zealand’s sport and recreation sector. Coordination and leadership from Aktive has not only brought more investment, but also more collaboration across the sector, with successful local projects rolled out into other parts of Auckland and successful region-wide initiatives launched to address issues and opportunities facing the entire region. Allocation of Investment Funds Aktive invested more than $10 million on behalf of its key strategic funders last year for community sport delivery, strategic leadership and regional service that reflects a number of interlinking strategies. These include the sector’s Auckland Sport & Recreation Strategic Action Plan, Sport New Zealand’s Community Sport strategy, Water Safety New Zealand’s Water Safety Sector Strategy and Aktive’s strategic plan. Aktive’s investment process ensures that delivery agents’ KPIs line up side by side to expand results on the ground. To follow are highlights of the work performed for Auckland’s communities and the sport and recreation sector by Aktive and our delivery partners in the 2016/17 year. “The formation of a partnership between New Zealand Rugby and Aktive has been a positive step in achieving our Wider Auckland goals. We now have the ability to make real advances in improving club capability and facility planning and strategy through collaboratively working together.” Mike Hester, New Zealand Rugby, Provincial Union Support Manager Greater Auckland HIGHLIGHTS FROM DELIVERY PARTNERS College Sport College Sport Auckland’s school membership increased by three schools in 2017, reaching a total of 110 membership schools. In the past year more than 65,000 students competed in College Sport Auckland one off tournaments or weekly competitions. Working closely with over 40 Regional Sport Organisations to deliver a range of sporting activities for Auckland Secondary School students, 2017 saw College Sport take over the running of Auckland Secondary Schools rugby in partnership with the Auckland Rugby Union. In 2018, we would like to extend this partnership to include Secondary School Rugby in the Counties Manukau and North Harbour Rugby Provincial Unions. At the core of College Sport Auckland is the intention ‘to provide consistent quality sport competitions, events and leadership for the greater Auckland Secondary Schools. To embrace existing and new relationships to ensure the sporting experience is accessible, affordable and rewarding.’ One of the biggest challenges for schools is dealing with both the time and cost of transporting students across the wider Auckland region. With that in mind, we are looking at zonal competitions in the lower grades, while also developing wider Auckland competitions in the elite grades. A review of bylaws and sanctioned sports was carried out in the second part of 2016. As a guide, we now require a minimum of 20 schools or 200 competitors to be involved in the sporting activity for it to be sanctioned. We will continue to consult with schools and Regional Sport Organisations on an annual basis to decided if we sanction new sports or remove others. As a prelude to our bylaws, we have introduced an Integrity Statement that outlines the values we see as vital to sport in schools; honesty, respect and fair play. As part of our Strategic Plan, the board will now review bylaws on a three-year cycle and make changes based on robust evidence and data. We will continue to survey our members on any proposed bylaw changes. It has been great to work with Aktive, Auckland Council, Sport New Zealand and the Auckland Regional Sports Trusts on the Young People’s Plan for Auckland. Only through collaboration and partnership can we provide quality sporting opportunities and experiences for all our Auckland young people.